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AGED PERSONS

Senator Messner, pursuant to notice, moved-That the Senate condemns the Hawke Labor Government for its failure to address the needs of the aged and notes that the Government- (a) has failed to establish an Office of Aged Care as promised during the 1983 election;

(b) has failed to raise pensions to 25 per cent as promised during the 1983 election; and

(c) has consistently attacked the income security of the aged through a means test on the over-70's pension, an assets test on all pensioners, and the introduction of a savage new tax on lump sum superannuation.

Debate ensued.

Paper: Senator Walters, by leave, laid upon the Table the following Paper: Tax rate for Superannuation Payments-Copy of an article from the newspaper, The Australian Financial Review, dated 18 April 1983.

Debate continued.

The Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes) addressing the Chair

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of General Business was interrupted.