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Monday, 19 March 2018
Page: 1498

Senator PRATT (Western Australia) (18:15): The minister has spoken to the amendments just circulated to schedule 11, noting that they specify that vulnerable people will still be able to have their payments backdated to the day they contact Centrelink and that they would be defined by legislative instrument. We note that your circulated EM shows that the class of people could include people experiencing homelessness, people experiencing domestic violence and humanitarian entrants. So we can see that the government's made some efforts in this regard, but we very firmly believe that these amendments do not go far enough in fixing the problems in schedule 11, so we oppose the amendments and continue to oppose schedule 11.