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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 481

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

(a)   Present income tax laws are unfair to single income families.

(b)   All marriages should be recognized as partnerships by allowing partners to divide their joint income for tax purposes.

(c)   The family, which is the natural and fundamental group unit of society, should be an economic unit in tax laws.

(d)   Children are Australia's future and their individual care by a parent at home should not be discouraged by extra tax.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that Parliament will:

Reform income tax laws to allow the joint income of husband and wife to be equally divided between them for taxation purposes.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Connolly, Dr Klugman, Mr Lucock, Mr Newman and Mr Wilson.

Petitions received.

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