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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1374

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition from 107 citizens of Australia:

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

That inflation in Australia, currently at a level of 20 per cent, is eroding the wages of every citizen and affecting especially those on lower and fixed incomes.

That the present number of strikes are crippling the economy of this country and jeopardising the jobs of many thousands.

That trade unions do not represent their members when the views of those members cannot be expressed without fear of retribution.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, should:

Lower personal income tax giving the working man more money in his pocket and the trade unions less reason for high wage demands.

Abolish sales tax on those goods that are essential to the wellbeing and livelihood of the people of Australia.

Introduce secret ballots for trade unions so that each member can express his or her view honestly without the fear of retribution or victimisation.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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