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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1195

Senator POKE (TASMANIA) - I present the following petition from 68 citizens of the Commonwealth:

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

That the rates charged by local councils and shires are rising rapidly and are beyond the capacity of pensioners to pay.

That a Commonwealth grant be made to local authorities and thereby enable councils to make a 50 per cent remission on pensioners' water, sewerage and general rates.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, should give urgent attention to this heavy burden on persons living on social service pensions.

Petition received and read.

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