Senate debates

Wednesday, 2 August 2023


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

11:46 am

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care) Share this | Hansard source

The coalition will not be supporting these amendments put forward by Senator David Pocock because we don't believe the two measures contained in this are the best way to address the issues facing Australians on working-age payments. We believe it would be far better addressed in relation to housing affordability, for the government to reconsider its failed housing policy agenda and start addressing the real issues facing our current housing market. For the reason that we believe this is a very blunt way of addressing the issues that are before Australians who are on working-age payments, we will not be supporting the amendments.


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