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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2181

Senator STEELE HALL - I present the following petition from 38 citizens of Australia:

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

(   1 ) That the recent increases in tariffs at Commonwealth Hostels in the Australian Capital Territory are causing hardship amongst the lower paid junior ranks of the Public Service whose only choice of accommodation in Canberra are these hostels.

(2)   That since these increases there has been a dramatic reduction in the quality and quantity of both food and services in the hostels.

(3)   That any further increases in tariff coupled with the general shortage of single person accommodation in the A.C.T. are unjustified and will cause people employed in the Public Service in Canberra to resign and leave Canberra to seek better conditions elsewhere.

Therefore, your petitioners humbly pray that the Government will hasten to amend such laws as would compel Commonwealth Hostels to come within the jurisdiction of the A.C.T. Prices Controller to prohibit unjustified rises in tariff.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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