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Wednesday, 6 May 1987
Page: 2362

To the Honourable the President of the Senate and honourable senators assembled, the undersigned citizens call upon all members to pay due respect to pensioners and other recipients of Social Security benefits and to Commonwealth Superannuants and to cease the constant erosion of our entitlements by the Government.

We call upon the Prime Minister and his Government to take the following action when considering budgetary changes to be announced in May this year.

1. They ensure there is no further erosion of existing benefits to pensioners and other Social Security recipients and further that they honour their promise to pensioners made before the last election that pensions be increased to a level equal to 25 per cent of average weekly earnings.

2. That the Government reconsider its action in reducing by two per cent the level of superannuation paid to Commonwealth Superannuants, retired members of the Defence Services and other eligible Commonwealth Superannuants.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.