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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 409

To the honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives assembled, the petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That the delays between announcements of each quarterly movement in the Consumer Price Index and their application as a percentage increase in age and invalid pensions is excessive, unnecessary, discriminatory and a cause of economic distress to pensioner.

That proposals to amend the Consumer Price Index by eliminating particular items from the Index could adversely affect the value of future increases in age and invalid pensions and thus be a cause of additional economic hardship to pensioners.

The foregoing facts impel your petitioners to ask the Australian Government as a matter of urgency to:

1.   Require each quarterly percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index to be applied to age an invalid and similar pensions as from the pension pay day nearest following the date of announcement of the C.P.I. movement.

2.   Give an open assurance to all aged and invalid pensioners that any revision of the items comprising the Consumer Price Index will in no way result in reductions in the value of any future entitlement to pensioners.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Abel, Mr Baume, Mr MacKenzie and Mr Les McMahon.

Petitions received.

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