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Tuesday, 5 May 1987
Page: 2574

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

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that your petitioners are gravely concerned at the failure of the government to show restraint with equity.

In particular, the decision to defer the November pension adjustments has resulted in a loss of $25.62 for a single pensioner and $21.36 for each married pensioner. The prospect of a further deferral of the May adjustment will result in the loss of another $35.10 for a single pensioner and $29.10 for each married pensioner.

When you are scrimping and saving to make ends meet, as is the case with many pensioners, you can't afford such a cut in living standards. Pensioners are looking for a new deal from politicians-more of the same is not good enough!

Your petitioners request an immediate return to payment of May and November C.P.I. increases, and as is duty bound will every pray the Government grant this request now.

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