Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020, Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2019-2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2019-2020; Consideration in Detail
In accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier, the bills will be taken as a whole. The resolution also provided for any government amendments to the bills that have been circulated to be treated as if they had been moved together, any opposition amendments to the bills that have been circulated to be treated as if they had been moved together, and any amendments that have been circulated by non-aligned members to be treated as if they had been moved together by the member proposing them. Copies of the amendments have been circulated and have been placed on the table. The question now is that the bills be agreed to.
Opposition's circulated amendment to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020
(1) Clause 7, page 4 (after line 29), at the end of clause, add:
(3) Before making rules for the purposes of subsection (1) that provide for a payment or scheme to assist businesses to cover the costs of wages of their employees, the Treasurer must consider the following:
(a) the need to support essential workers and services in key sectors and regions;
(b) the need for all casual employees to access support;
(c) the consequences for employees who may be required to run down leave entitlements;
(d) the needs of charities that may experience a decline in donations but not in GST turnover;
(e) the recognition of the status of universities and schools that are ACNC-registered charities;
(f) the needs of registered NDIS providers and the disability workforce;
(g) the needs of active business participants;
(h) the need to support temporary visa holders who are unable to return home;
(i) the needs of local government employees.