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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Page: 2604

Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South WalesMinister for International Development and the Pacific) (18:29): I will respond with two points, if I can. Firstly, this measure will correct incorrect assessments faster. The debt already exists. It doesn't affect the debt, as I understand it. I am advised that it just means that the assessments can be corrected faster. Secondly, this measure is as a result of a bipartisan committee and its recommendations, specifically recommendation 12. The government believes that this brings fairness and equity to the system by simplifying administration. It has been three years since that committee reported, and the government sees no reason to delay implementation any longer.

Progress reported.

Sitting suspended from 18 : 30 to 20 : 30