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Friday, 22 February 1985
Page: 45

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament House assembled.

The petition of the undersigned, does respectfully show dissatisfaction with the present qualifications for age pension.

The Social Security Act 1947, states that men must attain the age of 65 years, and women 60 years, before they are eligible for age pension. In contrast, the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983, states that there should be no discrimination against persons on the ground of sex in such areas as work, facilities and services, and the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs. Considering that men are being encouraged to accept early retirement and must face economic hardship before becoming eligible for age pension, we feel that equal entitlements are a necessity as well as a right.

Your petitioners therefore humbly request that men having attained the age of 60 years be given the same entitlements to social services as those given to women who have attained the age of 60 years.

We live in the hope that this will be done.

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