Senate debates

Wednesday, 2 August 2023


Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Safety Net) Bill 2023; In Committee

10:47 am

Photo of Pauline HansonPauline Hanson (Queensland, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party) Share this | Hansard source

That doesn't surprise me. I always think outside the box. I think the way that the average Australian out there is thinking, and they want our representatives to think the way they do. They can't understand why this has not been addressed and spoken about.

We won't be supporting this stupid incentive. If you're going to give it to one, give it to all Australians. Let's give Australian taxpayers $7,800 in tax relief so they can get a second job and not be taxed on it, instead of taxing people at the higher rate all the time. Then you will give more Australians the opportunity to go out and get that second job, which will help with their income. These are the hardworking Australians. Incentivise them more by giving them some tax relief, and then you might get changes made.

Have a think about what I said about the two out of five years, because that needs to be addressed. I'll tell you about one fellow whose son was working. When the son came home and told his father he had a job—this was the third generation on welfare payments—he abused his son, absolutely embarrassed by the fact that he'd gone out and got a job. Guess what! The son threw in the job.

This is what's happening in our society. Until you realise this, all these handouts aren't helping anyone at all. You're not incentivising them. People have to work. Unless they have a disability, they're an age pensioner or they have a reason that they can't work, they have no reason to collect the dole. They should be out there, providing for themselves. The taxpayer—I and everyone else in this country—owes them nothing. They owe it to themselves. If we're going to rear a better person, for themselves, the best thing to do is to give them a job. They need a direction in life and a sense of believing in themselves, and that comes from work, not handouts all the time.


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