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Monday, 20 May 1985
Page: 2120

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully shows that:

We, the undersigned electors, are deeply concerned at the possibility of an increase in indirect taxation currently being considered by the government.

To pose a broadly based consumption tax would mean a proportionately greater burden on low income groups and worsen their already precarious and impoverished position.

Women who are supporting mothers, together with their children, are acknowledged as the largest single group force to exist below the poverty line. As beneficiaries of an already inadequate government pension, their futures would be even more jeopardised if there were to be a change towards increased broadly based consumption taxation.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Federal government not adopt the proposed shift towards increased indirect taxation.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.