Senate debates

Wednesday, 28 September 2022


Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Lifting the Income Limit for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) Bill 2022; In Committee

6:32 pm

Photo of Louise PrattLouise Pratt (WA, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

The opposition wants to make an absolute dog's breakfast of the legislative process in this place. We got these amendments at exactly the same time as the bill on this topic, which those opposite knew was coming at exactly the same time. Just today, we have had the limits legislation on Commonwealth income referred to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee by the Selection of Bills Committee for report later on. That is the bill in which these amendments should be moved, not the bill before us. All you are doing this evening is standing in the way of retirees getting access to the Commonwealth seniors health card. That is what you are doing. You are trying to cross-fertilise things that don't belong together. So here we are—


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