New blog home

After some deliberation, I have finally decided to self-host my blog, rather than using free WordPress hosting, as this gives me complete control over the site, and also so that I have no concerns about the site being banned or blocked due to some wordpress.com terms of use breach. So please forgive any issues in […]

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Final round of submissions

After some delay and procrastination, I have finally read what appears to be the last release of submissions to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017. In this round, there were a few more organisational submissions, from some big names like the St Vincent de Paul […]

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Canberra Public Hearing

Senate Public Hearing for the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 held in Canberra on the 2nd of November, 2017. There were two versions of the program for the day, there is the published one, and there was a second version emailed to participants to the proceedings which was slightly more up to […]

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Batch 4 of submissions

We all live in a yellow submarine Yellow submarine, yellow submarine Oh, sorry, still can’t get over Pauline Hanson’s latest demonstration of the excellent general knowledge our parliamentary representatives have… that multi-million dollar submarines can only go underwater for 20 minutes at a time! The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee has been hard at work, and are […]

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Batch 3 of submissions

I firstly need to get some administrivia out of the way. I have changed the name of the third category which I have been assigning submissions that don’t appear to be adopting a position from ‘Unclear’ to ‘Other’. This was due to when I first chose the category name it was based on a submission that […]

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Kalgoorlie Public Hearing

Senate Public Hearing for the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 held in Kalgoorlie on the 10th of October 2017. The program for the day is available on the inquiry public hearings page, or via this link. As the Community Affairs Senate Committee was not sitting in Canberra at the time, there is […]

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Batch 2 of submissions

The second batch of submissions dropped sometime this afternoon, and after spending about an hour and half working my way through the next set of 14 submissions (21-34 for those of you keeping track)… the ‘score’ in the Alan Tudge & Andrew Forrest vs the People of Australia debate is looking even worse for Tudge and […]

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Batch 1 of Submissions released

Today it appears that the first batch of submissions for the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs have been publicly released. What is the inquiry about? It’s basically a review of the proposed legislative amendment, and gives all the stakeholders a chance to make their […]

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