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Submission on the Social Security Amendment Bill 2006

Summary

  • There are some positive aspects of this legislation which we support, in particular the extension of domestic purposes benefit entitlement to a wider range of caregivers.
  • However, we have serious concerns about sections 12 and 24 which place the onus of responsibility for identifying benefit entitlements on beneficiaries rather than the Department of Work and Income.
  • We understand that the government wishes to limit its liability for back claims for benefits.  However, the most fair and just way of doing that is to ensure that all people who approach the department receive everything they are entitled to when they first apply.
  • We strongly oppose any change to work testing obligations which could require a beneficiary to be available for work on any day of the week, including Sundays.

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