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Monday, 7 May 1984
Page: 1619

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth that:

1. We deplore recent moves by the Government to grant equal travelling allowances to the de facto partners of Parliamentarians as are currently enjoyed by spouses.

2. We further believe that such action belittles the institution of marriage and harms the status of the family unit in Australia.

3. We believe parliamentarians should offer leadership in moral as well as political affairs, and that the above recent action of the Government has contributed to the undermining of this principle.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.