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Thursday, 23 August 1984
Page: 221

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 retirement; 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 retirement income policy which is fair and equitable, that encourages self-provision and which will be non-discriminating.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.