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Thursday, 29 March 1979
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To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled the petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That restoration of provisions of the Social Security Act that applied prior to the 1978/79 Budget is of vital concern to offset the rising cost of goods and services.

The reason advanced by the Government for yearly payments "that the lower level of inflation made twiceyearly payments inappropriate " is not valid.

Great injury will be caused to the 920,000 aged, invalid, widows and supporting parents, who rely solely on the pension or whose income, other than the pension, is $6 or less per week. Onceayear payments strike a cruel blow to their expectations and make a mockery of a solemn election pledge.

Accordingly, your petitioners call upon there legislators to:-

1   . Restore twiceyearly pension payments in the Autumn session.

2.   Raise pensions and unemployed benefits above the poverty level to 30 per cent of N.A. W.E.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Braithwaite, Dr Edwards, Mr Fife, Mr Martin, Mr Scholes and Mr West.

Petitions received.

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