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The chair of the delegated legislation committee, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, has moved a disallowance motion challenging social services minister Anne Ruston’s decision to defer the sunsetting of the cashless welfare card without legislation.

Ahead of parliament returning on Tuesday, the Labor caucus has decided to support the motion.

The committee scrutinises ministerial decisions that it believes should be in proper legislation. According to its latest report, the offending instrument extends the end date for the cashless debit card trial in all existing sites and income management in the Cape York region from 30 June 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Ruston explained in a letter on 1 September a bill for the extension was delayed due to drafting of Covid-19 measures receiving priority. The extension provided “certainty” to stakeholders and prevented “significant disruption” to financial arrangements.

The committee responded that it would delay a disallowance motion to 8 October.

Fierravanti-Wells told Guardian Australia:

We have a set of scrutiny principles, as a consequence of the Senate increasing the powers of the committee – we’re very scrupulous in terms of what we do here. If it doesn’t meet the requirements, if it does contravene those principles and the minister doesn’t rectify [it to address] our concerns, the only option open to us is to disallow. We don’t disallow lightly.

I should note that it’s early days – there is still time to withdraw a disallowance and we don’t know the Senate crossbench’s position on this, but it could be one to watch later in the week.

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