Monday, 23 March 2020
Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020; Consideration of Senate Message
That the amendment be agreed to.
I thank the House for its support across both sides of the political aisle. The measures that have been passed by the parliament today represent the most significant support for the Australian economy and community since the war. There is much to do for this country in the weeks and months ahead, but working together we can support the Australian community in their moment of need. Thank you.
The opposition is very happy to support the amendments that have been made in the Senate. I note that some of it has come out of direct consultation that the Leader of the Opposition has undertaken with the Prime Minister and with the Treasurer. Today has been a good example of the parliament at its best, working at a time when the nation is facing some of its worst. If we find that we need to be here again earlier than has been scheduled, then I think the demeanour and the determination of all members of parliament will be exactly as they have been today.
The Australian Greens support this amendment and we thank the government for making it. One of the needs that it responds to is the particular position of students on youth allowance, who will now be able to have the coronavirus payment extended to them. We're hopeful that the other provisions of this amendment over the coming months might also be extended to other income recipients who are also in similar need.
Question agreed to.