Wednesday, 7 September 2022
Community Affairs References Committee; Reference
That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 October 2023:
The extent and nature of poverty in Australia with particular reference to:
(a) the rates and drivers of poverty in Australia;
(b) the relationship between economic conditions (including fiscal policy, rising inflation and cost of living pressures) and poverty;
(c) the impact of poverty on individuals in relation to:
(i) employment outcomes,
(ii) housing security,
(iii) health outcomes, and
(iv) education outcomes;
(d) the impacts of poverty amongst different demographics and communities;
(e) the relationship between income support payments and poverty;
(f) mechanisms to address and reduce poverty; and
(g) any related matters.
It's the opposition's position that this motion is considered much too broad for the Community Affairs References Committee to conduct a meaningful inquiry. The extensive scope of the proposed inquiry would be unable to be completed in a timely fashion, would place extensive pressure on the committee's resources and would be unlikely to provide measurable new insights into these matters.
Question agreed to.