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27       Social Security Legislation Amendment (Streamlined Participation Requirements and Other Measures) Bill 2021

A message from the House of Representatives was reported transmitting for the concurrence of the Senate the following bill:

Message no. 561, dated 30 March 2022—A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes.

The Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General (Senator Stoker) moved—That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a first time.

Senator Stoker moved—That this bill be now read a second time.

Explanatory memorandum : Senator Stoker tabled a revised explanatory memorandum relating to the bill.

Debate ensued.

Senator Rice moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “, but the Senate:

(a)               notes that punitive mutual obligations have unfairly restricted people’s access to income support; and

(b)               calls on the Government to abolish the Work for the Dole program and provide income support to everyone who needs it”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 8

Senators—

Cox

Hanson-Young

Rice

Thorpe

Faruqi

McKim*

Steele-John

Whish-Wilson

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Abetz

Henderson

McMahon

Ruston

Askew

Hughes

Mirabella

Scarr

Bragg

Hume

O’Sullivan

Small

Chandler

Lambie

Paterson

Smith, Dean

Davey

McDonald

Patrick

Urquhart*

Dodson

McGrath

Pratt

Van

Fawcett

McLachlan

Reynolds

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Main question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

Senator Rice, by leave, withdrew the amendments that she had circulated to the bills and no senator required that the bills be considered in committee.

On the motion of the Minister for Families and Social Services (Senator Ruston) the bills were read a third time. All Australian Greens senators, by leave, recorded their votes for noes.