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Monday, 18 June 2001
Page: 27673

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

The Petition of certain electors of Australia draws the attention of the House to the unfairness and inadequacy of the GST compensation for elderly Australians, in particular:

the unfair rules of the Aged Persons Savings Bonus scheme which has failed to deliver on the Government's election promise of $1,000 for each aged person over 60;

the misleading claim of a four per cent pension increase when in fact it is only a two per cent increase after taking into account Mr Howard's two per cent clawback;

the complete inadequacy of both the bonuses and pension increase to compensate for the double taxation of Australia's retirees.

Your petitioners condemn the government's contempt for older Australians and request the Parliament explore ways in which the GST can be made fairer and simpler and compensation improved to protect the living standards of elderly Australians.

by Ms Hall (from 20 citizens) and
by Mr Stephen Smith (from 1,600 citizens).