House debates

Monday, 30 November 2020

Questions without Notice

Pensions and Benefits

2:32 pm

Photo of Stuart RobertStuart Robert (Fadden, Liberal Party, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme) Share this | Hansard source

But, in terms of income compliance, it needs to be appreciated that this income compliance approach was not started by a minister back in 2015. It wasn't started by a Treasurer or a Prime Minister. It has been a longstanding part of our social security program. To understand why income averaging did not begin with the minister in 2015, that's where history becomes exceptionally important. I seek—in fact, I'll just table an example letter from a data-matching program from 1994. It says to this citizen, 'If you do not reply, we'll use the tax office's information about your income and we'll write to you about how much money you'll need to pay back.' That's what the letter says. It says, 'We'll use the tax office and we'll tell you.'


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