18th January 2016

Submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015

The position of the Society has consistently been that provision of income support payments should be based on what the individual needs for an adequate standard of living. That is, regardless of their age, family status, or how they are or aren’t employed, Australians deserve support from their government that enables them to enjoy a basic standard of living.

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 undermines this notion, cutting payments to those who need them the most. This submission analyses each of the schedules proposed in the Bill, and recommends that the Committee reject the Bill in its entirety.