Senate debates

Thursday, 16 February 2017


Pensions and Benefits

11:54 am

Photo of Murray WattMurray Watt (Queensland, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the essential role of social security payments in the budgets of many struggling Australians and Australian families;

(b) notes the likely unfair impact on individual and family budgets of the Government's proposed cuts, including to Family Tax Benefits, Paid Parental Leave, Newstart, the Energy Supplement, the Pensioner Education Supplement and the Education Entry Payment, and to pensions of certain migrant pensioners;

(c) opposes the Government's proposed cuts, due to their unfair impact on individual and family budgets; and

(d) calls on the Government to scrap its proposed $50 billion tax cut for banks and other multinational companies, instead of making these harsh and unfair cuts to individual and family budgets.

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

I seek leave to move an amendment as circulated in the chamber to general business notice of motion No. 227 moved by Senator Watt which relates to adding to the motion a call on the government to reverse the tax cuts to wealthy Australians.

Leave not granted.

11:55 am

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave not granted.

Photo of Gavin MarshallGavin Marshall (Victoria, Deputy-President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that the motion as moved by Senator Watt be agreed to.

Question agreed to.