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49      Rate of Newstart and disaster payments

Senator Siewert moved general business notice of motion no. 457—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that the low rate of Newstart and the insufficient rate of disaster payments do not adequately meet people’s needs and can exacerbate the difficult circumstances people are experiencing in the face of bushfires and drought; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to immediately raise the rate of Newstart by at least $95 a week and raise the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment to $3,000 per adult and $1,000 per child.

Debate ensued.

At 5.30 pm : Debate was interrupted while Senator Watt was speaking.