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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2012

Mr BENNETT (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and the Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully request:

That the Commonwealth Government give urgent consideration when making grants to aged persons homes that conditions of tenancy be imposed to protect the tenant who makes a donation to gain admittance to these homes which is very often their life savings.

That conditions of tenancy ensure that evictions do not take place without the intervention of an independent tribunal, such as appointed by the Minister's Department.

That the Commonwealth ensure that these properties are not resold after a person is evicted but is let.

That all steps are taken to ensure that everyone is assured that no profit has arisen from an eviction.

That Representatives of the residents are appointed to the Board of the Home.

That Annual elections are held for representatives of the residents on the Board of Management.

That an annual audited statement of accounts is submitted to the Social Services Department and is made available to the residents of the premises to ensure that all charges made and costs are to be to the satisfaction of the residents.

That Government give consideration to a total review of the conditions of grants to ensure that protection is given to the residents of these aged persons establishments and to the management.

Your petitioners humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled would take immediate steps to ensure that these requests are met so that people who have reached retiring age can enter these premises with dignity and peace of mind, and without fear of insecurity of the future in having to establish themselves in other premises. The petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.

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