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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (DISABILITY REFORM) BILL 2002

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr Swan who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"the House declines to give the Bill a second reading, and:

(1) condemns the Howard Government's attempt to cut the pensions of 200,000 Australians living with a disability;

(2) notes that the Government's Budget assault on Disability Support Pensions runs contrary to the principles and proposals set down by the McClure Committee, which received the endorsement of the Australian Labor Party;

(3) endorses the view of the ALP supporting the need for welfare reforms that offer the opportunity for people with disabilities to participate fully in the community, including to work, in preference to the Government's proposals which cut the level of their income support, while forcing them to look for work;

(4) refuses to support the Government in its naked cost cutting that entrenches people with disability on welfare; and

(5) calls on the Government to work with the ALP on a bipartisan basis to achieve real welfare reform".

Debate continued.

Debate adjourned (Mr Cameron—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Family and Community Services), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.