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Social Security and Indigenous Legislation Amendment

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (12.29 pm)—I will keep my comments brief. The Greens will be supporting the Social Security and Indigenous Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010. I would however like to put on the record that we—as I think this place is pretty well aware—completely oppose income management.

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Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (11.56 am)—I seek leave to have my speech on the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Amendment Bill 2010 incorporated in Hansard.

This bill permits APVMA to alter the label on chemical products to make them compliant with lower chemical residues regulations in our export markets. As the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry acknowledges ‘Trade risks can arise where residues are below the Australian maximum residue limit but exceed the standards set by an importing country’.

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Special disability trusts

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)(11.04 am)—This is an issue that I have been passionate about for some time. In fact I initiated the Senate inquiry into special disability trusts that I think has led—along with the very strong community campaign—to the government putting forward the Tax Laws Amendment (2010 Measures No. 3) Bill 2010. On the whole we support this legislation. We are pleased that the government has taken up the recommendations and I encourage them to look again at some of the recommendations they have not taken up—and they know very well that I was going to say that!

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Aged Care

Senator SIEWERT (2.21 pm)—My question is to Senator Ludwig, the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing. My question relates to the open letter to the PM today around aged care, one which concerns the widening gap between the cost of delivering aged-care services and the funding

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ADDITIONAL ANSWERS - Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Senator

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: ADDITIONAL ANSWERS Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Senator CARR (Victoria—Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (3.03 pm)—I wish to incorporate further information in answer to a question asked by Senator Siewert to Senator Wong. Leave granted.

The answer read as follows— Question Time ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Resources, Energy and Tourism Portfolio 17 June 2010

Topic: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Montara Incident

Hansard Page: 22-24 Supplementary questions from Senator SIEWERT:

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Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)(8.34 pm)—The Greens oppose the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009. We opposed the Northern Territory Emergency Response. We opposed that process and we oppose this flawed bill. There is no proof that income management works. There is no hard evidence at all. To claim that this is implementing successful policy is absolute nonsense. The only hard evidence that is there is that income management does not work.

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