Senate debates

Wednesday, 2 August 2023


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

11:35 am

Photo of Janet RiceJanet Rice (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

It's good to hear that their advice was considered as part of the evidence base for this bill. I want to ask a simple question. The Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee, in making their recommendations, said that the rate of JobSeeker was seriously inadequate. I know the government's position is that you had to take other things into account in determining where you landed on the level—and, obviously, we are very disappointed with where you landed. I don't want to go into that; I understand where you've landed. What I want to know is this: does the government agree with the Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee's assessment that the current rate of JobSeeker is seriously inadequate?


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