Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Social Security and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Allowances) Bill 2008
In acknowledging the concerns raised by Senator Nettle and supported by Senator Bartlett on this issue, the coalition will not be supporting this request for amendment. As the chamber would be aware, when the coalition were in government this issue was discussed quite regularly in this chamber and we indicated that these issues were under consideration as part of a whole-of-government approach. Nothing has changed from that perspective for the coalition. We are considering this matter and others in a holistic manner for a whole-of-government approach. We do not believe it is wise to consider this on an individual, piecemeal or case-by-case legislative basis. That is the reason we will be opposing this request.