Senate debates

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Bills

Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016; In Committee

11:00 pm

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

I indicate that I will obviously be supporting this amendment. I commend Senator Lambie for moving and Senator Kakoschke-Moore for co-sponsoring it. But references were made to the RSL and I want to put this very briefly on the record. When there was a Senate inquiry into this very bill, the RSL appeared and after questioning they could not really justify their support for this amendment. Unless they have recently articulated why they are now supporting this amendment, I think that the RSL needs to explain to their members why they are going down a path that could very well prejudice their members, who could be seeking compensation, given that they could well be out of pocket and disadvantaged as a result of this. I guess we will have to wait and see.

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