Senate debates

Tuesday, 1 December 2020


Pensions and Benefits

3:42 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that the Productivity Commission's report into mental health has been released, providing a suite of recommended reforms to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australians;

(b) notes that the Productivity Commission found that people receiving income-support are more than three times as likely to have depression than wage earners, and face additional barriers to finding meaningful work;

(c) also notes that the Productivity Commission has acknowledged the distress and aggravation of mental ill-health caused by strict mutual obligation requirements for people receiving income-support payments;

(d) further notes that we have witnessed over 250,112 payment suspensions since mutual obligations were reinstated after the COVID-19 suspension, causing distress for thousands of people; and

(e) calls on the Government to permanently increase the JobSeeker Payment; abolish the Targeted Compliance Framework; and reform the employment services system and mutual obligations.


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