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Tuesday, 25 November 1986
Page: 3631

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.

We, the undersigned, plead that the Parliament implement pro-family policies. In particular we appeal for:

1. the retention of the present graduated assessment system for payment of the Family Allowance;

2. indexation of the Family Allowance in order to keep pace with inflation;

3. an increase of 3.7 per cent in the Family Allowance benefit to return it to 11.5 per cent of the Average Award Wage (making it similar in value to the 11.5 per cent of the Basic Wage when Child Endowment was first introduced by the Chifley Government in 1941).

4. retention of the Dependent Spouse Rebate and the amount of the Dependent Spouse Rebate adjusted so that it is equal in value to the tax-free threshold allowed when calculating taxable income.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that you will give this matter earnest consideration and your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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