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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3022

The Honourable, the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth.

The Department of Social Security current means test allows those over21 years of age to earn$6.00 per week, in addition to unemployment benefits, and those under 21, $3.00 per week. Amounts earned in excess of these levels resultin a loss in benefit of $ 1 . 00 for every additional dollar earned.

This policy discourages the unemployed from engaging in part time or casual work. Also this may mean that existing or potential opportunities for part-time work will not be taken up at a time when unemployment is a major social problem.

We believe that this policy is having a particularly unfortunate effect on young school leavers who are being denied valuable work experience and training so important for their entry into the work force.

Your petitioners humbly pray that this House request the Honourable Minister of Social Security to give effect to the recommendation of the recent Myers report on unemployment benefits and allow those receiving unemployment benefits to earn up to $20.00 per week, before their unemployment benefit is reduced.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Yates.

Petition received.

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