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Monday, 4 May 1987
Page: 2492

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The Petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that the intention of the Hawke Government to unionise independent contractors, sub-contractors, the self-employed, partnerships, sole traders and family businesses will remove the freedom of independent small businesses to:

(a) set their own prices

(b) work their own hours

(c) control their own businesses

(d) negotiate their own contracts; and will create impossible working conditions which will include the payment of:

(a) union superannuation

(b) compensation

(c) payroll tax

(d) annual leave loadings

(e) public holiday loadings

(f) PAYE tax deductions

(g) limited incomes

(h) inflexible awards and conditions; and

(i) fixed hours of work.

We the undersigned call upon the Government to restore incentive and opportunity to the Australian economy and abandon these coercive measures.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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