Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

I rise to briefly contribute on the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

In Australia we have legislation which allows people in psychiatric confinement to receive income support payments after they have been charged with a serious offence.

These Australians with severe mental health illnesses receive this payment because they have not been convicted of any crime and, as Australian citizens, like all of us they have the right to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty and therefore the same access to income support payments that other Australians with mental health illnesses have.

As the Parliamentary Library study on this legislation states: This can happen when they are found unfit to stand trial because of mental impairment or are found not guilty because of mental impairment. People in this group are referred to as forensic patients.

Read more at the link: Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill