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Wednesday, 13 May 1987
Page: 3094

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

The petition of certain residents of the Northern Territory draws to the attention of the House the discrimination contained within the Commonwealth Social Welfare Act which unfairly penalises certain pensions by the assumption that married aged pensioners require lesser financial support than single aged pensioners. This discrimination also assumes that married aged pensioners have little freedom of choice.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Commonwealth Social Welfare Act be amended to remove the discriminating provisions and apply the same level of support to all pensioners, regardless of marital status.

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