Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Farm Household Support Amendment (Relief Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2020; Second Reading
This bill is the last instalment by the government to implement the recommendations made in the independent review Rebuilding the Farm Household Allowance: a better way forward for supporting farmers in financial hardship.
The bill demonstrates the government's continued responsiveness to the needs of farm communities in rural Australia. Removing business income reconciliation means farmers and their partners will no longer be distracted due to predicting income, reducing anxiety and frustration felt by farmers during the period of financial hardship. Providing flexibility on the time frame to conduct farm financial assessments ensures our farmers and their partners can receive the best financial assessment possible to improve their financial situation.
The bill benefits current and future Farm Household Allowance recipients and the communities they live in. I thank members for their contribution and commend the bill to the House.
The original question was that this bill be now read a second time. To this the honourable member for Hunter has moved as an amendment that all words after 'That' be omitted with a view to substituting words. So the question now is that the amendment moved by the member for Hunter be agreed to.