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Tuesday, 28 April 1987
Page: 1856

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

The costs of raising children are rising and the value of government provided economic assistance to families is declining.

Families raising children are providing a vital function to society and are deserving of government provided economic assistance.

Your petitioners therefore urge the Senate and the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia to:

1. Restore family allowance payments to their 1976 real money value.

2. Provide for the regular and automatic indexation of family allowance payments.

3. Increase the value of the Dependent Spouse Rebate to $1,851 per annum and convert it to a cash payment given directly to the non-income earning spouse.

4. Amend the Family Income Supplement Scheme so that its value is increased, its eligibility provisions widened and its withdrawal provisions eased.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.