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Question about Social Security Commissioner Bill

Posted August 20, 2018


Cathy has directly asked Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan if the Federal Government would support the Social Security Commission Bill she introduced on Monday morning. He responded: "...the government is not going to outsource our welfare system..."


My question is to the Minister for Social Services. This morning, I introduced a bill to establish a social security commission to independently recommend adequate levels of social security payments, from Newstart right across to pensions. Australians want to know that the social safety net is there to catch and look after them as they engage with workforce or further study. It's not a punishment. Will you support the establishment of this commission to ensure people living on government payments have a dignified standard of living?

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