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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2105

Senator STEELE HALL (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition from 245 Australian Government employees:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament. The petition of the undersigned Australian Government employees respectively shows:

That under the provisions of the existing Superannuation Scheme for Australian Government employees:

(a)   contribution rates are excessively high- especially high for older members and hence precludes most senior contributors from the full pension theoretically available;

(b)   costs of administration are needlessly high because of the complexity of the scheme;

(c)   female contributors are discriminated against.

The proposed new scheme is no more generous to contributors than the existing scheme, will cost no more to the Government, and is tailored to meet the needs of modern society beset with problems caused by inflation.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, will take the most urgent steps to ensure: the introduction of the Treasurer's proposals for a new Superannuation Scheme for Australian Government employees presented in March 1974.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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