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senate vote 2020-12-10#10

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on 2021-01-02 12:02:11

Title

  • Bills — Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020; Second Reading
  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Increase Jobseeker Payment and Youth Allowance

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Rachel Siewert</p>
  • <p>I move the Greens second reading amendment as circulated in the chamber:</p>
  • <p class="italic">At the end of the motion, add: ", but the Senate:</p>
  • The majority voted against an [amendment](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?gid=2020-12-10.149.1) to the usual [second reading](https://peo.gov.au/understand-our-parliament/how-parliament-works/bills-and-laws/making-a-law-in-the-australian-parliament/) motion "*that the bill be read a second time*" - parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill.
  • ### Amendment text
  • > *At the end of the motion, add: ", but the Senate:*
  • >
  • > *(a) notes that the measures in this Bill will cut the coronavirus supplement from $250 a fortnight to $150 a fortnight, and throw an additional 330,000 people into poverty, which means the Government will have forced a total of 1.16 million Australians below the poverty line since September 2020; and*
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  • > *(b) calls on the Government to immediately announce a permanent and ongoing increase to the Jobseeker Payment and Youth Allowance so that unemployed and underemployed Australians can live above the poverty line".*
  • <p class="italic">(a) notes that the measures in this Bill will cut the coronavirus supplement from $250 a fortnight to $150 a fortnight, and throw an additional 330,000 people into poverty, which means the Government will have forced a total of 1.16 million Australians below the poverty line since September 2020; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) calls on the Government to immediately announce a permanent and ongoing increase to the Jobseeker Payment and Youth Allowance so that unemployed and underemployed Australians can live above the poverty line".</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>The question is that the second reading amendment moved by Senator Siewert be agreed to.</p>
  • <p>The question now is that the bill be read a second time.</p>
  • <p>Question agreed to.</p>
  • <p>Bill read a second time.</p>