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Tuesday, 16 October 1984
Page: 1700


Senator MESSNER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate notes-

(a) the election commitment of the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, to raise the general tax threshold and the pensioner tax threshold;

(b) the statement by the present Minister for Social Security, Senator Grimes, and the present Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Mr Willis, on 8 August 1982 that 'it's absurd that pensioners who are officially classified as ''needy'' should be forced to pay income tax';

(c) that as a consequence of the Hawke Labor Government's failure to honour its election commitments, pensioners' tax bills have increased by more than 400 per cent over the past two years, for example:

(i) a single pensioner on the full pension and with $20 a week other income paid just $20 tax in 1982-83 but will pay $109 this financial year,

(ii) a single pensioner on the full pension with $25 a week additional income has had a tax increase of $79 over this period, and

(iii) a single pensioner on the full pension with $30 a week other income has had their tax bill rise from $244 in 1982-83 to $313 this financial year.

(d) that under the Hawke Labor Government, pensioners who are officially classified as needy are being forced to pay more income tax;

(e) that this represents yet another attack upon the aged and elderly in the community by the Hawke Labor Government; and

condemns the Hawke Labor Government for including the aged in its attempts to grab taxes to pay for its programs.