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MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (AUSTRALIANS WORKING TOGETHER AND OTHER 2001 BUDGET MEASURES) BILL 2002

Message No. 197, 12 December 2002, from the Senate was reported returning the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002 and acquainting the House that the Senate had considered message No. 206 of the House relating to the Bill and does not insist on its division of the Bill.

The Senate has made amendments to the Bill, as indicated by the annexed schedule, and requests the concurrence of the House in the amendments made by the Senate. The Speaker stated that a number of the amendments contained in the Senate schedule should have been addressed to the House in the form of requests for amendments.

He indicated that the message also included the text of a resolution agreed to by the Senate relating to the Bill but said that this inclusion of other matters in the formal legislative process on a Bill was not necessary for the enactment of the measure.

Ordered—That the amendments be considered forthwith.

Mr Anthony (Minister for Children and Youth Affairs) moved—That the House consider the amendments in the following groups and order:

(a) amendments Nos 1, 6, 66, 67 and 68, that the Government proposes be agreed to;

(b) amendments Nos 4, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 33, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 74, 75, 76 and 77, that the Government proposes be disagreed to; and

(c) amendments Nos 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 56, 59, 62, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93 and 94, that the Government proposes be disagreed to but that amendments be made in place thereof.

Question—put and passed.

On the motion of Mr Anthony, amendments Nos 1, 6, 66, 67 and 68 were agreed to.

Mr Anthony moved—That amendments Nos 4, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 33, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 74, 75, 76 and 77 be disagreed to.

Debate ensued.

Question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Jenkins, in the Chair)—

AYES, 70

Mr AbbottMrs ElsonDr KempMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr P. E. KingMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMrs LeyMr A. D. H. Smith
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr LindsayMr Somlyay
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr LloydDr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMs GambaroMr McArthur*Dr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GashMrs MayMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMr NairnMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HartsuykerDr NelsonMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HawkerMr NevilleMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMrs HullMr PearceMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CioboMr HuntMr ProsserMr Wakelin
Mr CobbMr JohnsonMr PyneDr Washer
Mr CostelloMr JullMr RandallMr Williams
Mrs DraperMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock
Mr DuttonJackie KellyMr Schultz

NOES, 46

Mr AdamsMr EvansMr KerrMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMr L. D. T. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Sciacca
Mr BeazleyMr FitzgibbonMr McClellandMr Sercombe
Mr BevisMs GeorgeMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Ms BurkeMr GibbonsMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Mr ByrneMs GillardMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr CoxMs GriersonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Swan
Mrs CrosioMr GriffinMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Tanner
Mr Danby*Ms HallMr OrganMr Wilkie
Mr EdwardsMr HattonMs PlibersekMr Zahra
Ms EllisMrs IrwinMr Price
Mr EmersonMs JacksonMr Quick*

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Anthony presented reasons, which were circulated, and are as follows:

Reasons of the House of Representatives for disagreeing to the amendments of the Senate

The amendments go beyond the policy objective of the Bill, which is designed to extend modest participation requirements to parenting payments and mature aged newstart allowance recipients, as well as to close off mature aged allowance and partner allowance and to introduce a language, literacy and numeracy supplement and the working credit. The Senate amendments seek to change breaching legislation for the general newstart and youth allowance population to an extent that is both unnecessary and inconsistent with the current scheme. Accordingly, the House does not accept the amendments.

On the motion of Mr Anthony, the reasons were adopted.

Message from the Governor-General

The following message from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced:

No. 93, 11 December 2002, recommending an appropriation for the purposes of amendments to the Bill.

On the motion of Mr Anthony, amendments Nos 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 56, 59, 62, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93 and 94 were disagreed to and Government amendments were made in place thereof.