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   43 Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Supporting Retirement Incomes) Bill 2018

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 Ms Burney who moved, as an amendment—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    this Liberal and National Government has spent the last five years trying to cut the pension and increase the pension age to 70;

(b)   in every Budget, this Government has tried to cut the pension—including a plan to change indexation, which would have left pensioners $80 a week worse off; and

(c)    the Government did a deal with the Greens political party to change the pension assets test and cut the pension for 370,000 pensioners; and

(2)    condemns the Government for spending years trying to cut the energy supplement to new pensioners”.

Debate ensued.


Mr Fletcher (Minister for Families and Social Services) presented a replacement explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the bill be now read a second time—put and passed—bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 234, 22 November 2018, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the bill.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved immediately.

On the motion of Mr Fletcher, the bill was read a third time.