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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3095


Senator HAINES —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That in the opinion of the Senate-

(a) the Government is failing in its responsibility to provide adequate income support for Australian families in need and to ensure, in particular, that children are not deprived of basic necessities, and

(b) the Government should consider the following remedial measures as a matter of urgency but no later than in the 1984-85 Budget:

(i) increase child allowances for pensioners and recipients of benefits from $ 12 to $15 per child;

(ii) provide guardian allowances for children of lone parents who are in receipt of unemployment or sickness benefits;

(iii) increase all guardian's allowances from $8 to $15 per week;

(iv) provide supplementary rent allowance to all recipients of unemployment benefits after 6 weeks' unemployment;

(v) increase all supplementary rent allowances from $10 to $15 per dependent child of beneficiaries eligible for the allowances;

(vi) redirect the current spouse rebate, costing $1,000 million per annum, to families with dependent children via increased family allowances;

(vii) increase unemployment and sickness benefits for people aged 16 and 17 from $45 to a mid-point between $45 and the adult rate of $78.60 for young people living at home, that is, $61.80, plus $15 for people living away from home; and

(viii) increase the Low Income Family Supplement from $12 to $15 per child per week.