Senate debates

Monday, 1 September 2014


Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Health Card and Other Measures) Bill 2014; In Committee

11:15 am

Photo of Claire MooreClaire Moore (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Women) Share this | | Hansard source

As I said in my remarks in the second reading debate, we are keen in this bill to split the element to do with the seniors health card from the other machinery of government issues. We oppose the seniors health card supplement in schedule 1 but we remain supportive of the rest of the bill. So I move our amendment (2) on sheet 7549:

(2) Schedule 1, page 6 (line 1) to page 7 (line 26), to be opposed.

Photo of Mitch FifieldMitch Fifield (Victoria, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Social Services) Share this | | Hansard source

I would like to make clear, for the benefit of colleagues, that if this amendment were successful it would, in effect, see the gutting of this bill. It would see the thresholds not indexed, as is the intent of the legislation. I think it is important that colleagues are clear on that.

As is the perversity of the wording of motions in this place, in order to support the bill as it stands, colleagues need to vote yes. Colleagues who wish to support the opposition's proposition would vote no. If colleagues want the bill to stand as printed they will need to vote yes.

11:16 am

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

Just to be clear, as I articulated in my contribution in the second reading debate, we will be voting no because we do not think this particular measure is appropriate at this time. We will be voting no.

Photo of Cory BernardiCory Bernardi (SA, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that schedule 1 stand as printed.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendments; report adopted.