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Friday, 20 March 1987
Page: 1254

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned shows:

Graduated family allowances are of important assistance to families with more than one child.

All family allowances, whether for one, two, three, or more children, have not kept pace with inflation.

There are suggestions that all family allowances should be paid at the one flat rate. This would severely disadvantage families with more than one child.

There are also suggestions that the dependent spouse rebate be reduced or removed. This would represent another blow to the family unit.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House of Representatives, in Parliament assembled, should:

Ask the Federal Government to increase the value of existing family allowance payments, and

Reject any moves to change the payments to a flat rate or to tamper with the spouse rebate;

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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