Nov 30, 2020

MOTIONS – Pensions and Benefits – Monday, 30 November 2020

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the Opposition) (15:07): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:

(1) notes that:

   (a) as Minister for Social Services, the Prime Minister was personally responsible for the design of the illegal robodebt scheme;

   (b) as Treasurer, the Prime Minister continued his illegal robodebt scheme, announcing it would save the budget $2 billion;

   (c) after deposing Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister continued his robodebt scheme for years despite knowing it was illegal;

   (d) the Prime Minister announced his robodebt scheme would save the budget $2 billion but it has in fact cost taxpayers at least $1.2 billion;

   (e) the Prime Minister’s illegal robodebt scheme harmed thousands of Australians and led to the suicide and self-harm of vulnerable people; and

   (f) no one in this eight-year-old Liberal-National Government is willing to take responsibility for the Prime Minister’s illegal robodebt scheme; and

(2) therefore, condemns the Prime Minister for designing and maintaining the illegal robodebt scheme which led to the suicide and self-harm of vulnerable people.

This was illegal, cruel and harmful and it came at a cost to the budget of some $1.2 billion.

 

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