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28      Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Loans Scheme Enhancements) Bill 2021

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

Message no. 554, dated 30 March 2022—A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security and veterans’ entitlements, and for related purposes.

The Minister for Families and Social Services (Senator Ruston) 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 Ruston moved—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate ensued.

Senator Dodson moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “, but the Senate notes that the Coalition Government has repeatedly tried to cut the pension, including pensioner concessions, the assets test and indexation, and attempted to increase the pension age to 70”.

Limitation of debate : The time allotted for the consideration of the bill expired ( see entry no. 14 ).

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 25

Senators—

Ayres

Grogan

McKim

Steele-John

Chisholm

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Thorpe

Ciccone

Keneally

Pratt

Urquhart*

Cox

Lines

Rice

Walsh

Dodson

McAllister

Sheldon

Watt

Faruqi

McCarthy

Smith, Marielle

Whish-Wilson

Gallagher

 

 

 

 

NOES, 28

Senators—

Abetz

Hanson

McLachlan

Reynolds

Askew

Henderson

McMahon

Roberts

Bragg

Hughes

Mirabella

Ruston

Brockman

Hume

O’Sullivan

Scarr

Chandler

Lambie

Paterson

Small

Davey*

McDonald

Patrick

Smith, Dean

Fawcett

McGrath

Payne

Van

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Main question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

Question—That the remaining stages of the bill be agreed to and the bill be now passed—put and passed.

Bill read a third time.