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representatives vote 2019-12-02#4

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  • Bills — Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019; Second Reading
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea


  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p><i>(In division)</i>The Manager of Opposition Business, on a point of order.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Burke</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion]( to support the bill's main idea. In other words, they voted in favour of reading the bill for a [second time](
  • ### What is the bill's main idea?
  • According to the [bills digest](, the main idea of the bill was to:
  • * *amend the residency requirements for Age Pension and Disability Support Pension (DSP) so that, in order to qualify for these payments, a new claimant must have:*
  • * *ten years continuous residency in Australia including at least five years during the person’s working life (age 16 to age pension age) or*
  • * *ten years continuous residency in Australia and the person must not have been in receipt of an allowance or student income support payment for a period or combined periods exceeding five years when they were aged at least sixteen years (whether or not these periods in receipt of income support occur during the ten year qualifying residency period) or*
  • * *15 years continuous residency in Australia;*
  • * *stop payment of the pension supplement after six weeks of a temporary overseas absence, or immediately for permanent departures; and*
  • * *increase the maximum liquid assets waiting period (LAWP) for Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Sickness Allowance from 13 weeks to 26 weeks.*
  • <p>Mr Speaker, given the rule that you're seeking the call when you cover your head during a division, the member for Flinders is clearly seeking the call, and I just ask that you give it to him!</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Tony Smith</p>
  • <p>I say to the Manager of Opposition business: his knowledge of history is right. Before you just put iPads over your heads, there used to be top hats! That's true. But the member for Flinders is not seeking the call. But it would probably be a good idea if he didn't wear a cap into the chamber! The question now is that the bill be read a second time.</p>