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Thursday, 31 May 1984
Page: 2198

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in the Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens shows that:

1. The Hawke Labor Government's retirement income policies are piecemeal, inconsistent and make no provision to encourage people to save towards their retirements; and

2. the Government's proposed assets test legislation is iniquitous and, if enacted, its effects would be discriminatory.

Your Petitioners humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, urge the Government to:

1. scrap its proposed assets test legislation;

2. either institute a broad enquiry into Australia's retirement income and taxation systems or await the outcome of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare's work on this matter; and,

3. following the report of such a wide enquiry institute a retirement income policy which is fair and equitable, that encourages self-provision and which will be non-discriminatory.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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