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  • Bills — Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017; Consideration in Detail
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 - Consideration in Detail - Agree to the bill


  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>The question is that this bill be agreed to.</p>
  • The majority voted to agree with the [bill](;query=Id:legislation/billhome/s1064). The House will now decide whether to pass the bill, which will be the final stage the bill must pass through and is known in parliamentary jargon as the [third reading stage](
  • ### What does the bill do?
  • The purpose of this bill is to make savings for the government in the social services sector (social welfare etc).
  • According to the [bill's homepage](;query=Id:legislation/billhome/s1064), it was introduced to:
  • * *pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single*
  • * *extend the ordinary waiting period to youth allowance (other) and parenting payment*
  • * *include additional evidentiary requirements for the ‘severe financial hardship’ exemption from the ordinary waiting period*
  • * *remove the ability for claimants to serve the ordinary waiting period concurrently with other waiting periods*
  • * *enable automation of the regular income stream review process; and*
  • * *maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years, from 1 July 2017, in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B.*