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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1104


Senator MESSNER - I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate, noting that

(a) 600 farmers attended a meeting in Penola, South Australia, on Monday 15 April 1985 to plan a rally to protest against the disastrous impact that Labor's assets test is having on farmers and their families;

(b) the meeting passed a motion calling upon the Federal Government to reinstate all pensions until either it makes the assets test more equitable or abolishes it altogether;

(c) both the Minister for Social Security and the Minister for Veterans' Affairs refusal to attend the meeting;

(d) concerns expressed at the Penola meeting are typical of the difficulties and hardships being experienced right across rural Australia as a result of the introduction of Labor's anomalous assets test; and

(e) despite claims by Ministers of the Hawke Government that the hardship provisions would resolve the difficulties which farmers may experience, very few applications have been successful under these provisions;

condemns the Hawke Labor Government for its apathy in failing to either acknowledge or rectify the anomalies contained in the assets test which are having such a devastating impact upon Australia's farming community.