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Friday, 13 September 1985
Page: 522

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

``The richest 2,000 people own as much as the poorest 2 1/2 million. It is a travesty in these circumstances that 2 million people are living in poverty in this country.'' (Bob Hawke Sydney Morning Herald 11/7/81)

The present provision of Social Security Benefits are absolutely inadequate, locking recipients into poverty (including 8,000 children of those on Social Welfare).

To enable all Australian citizens to share in the wealth of their country we call on the Australian Government in the forthcoming tax reform to:

1. Raise the tax threshold to $10,000

2. Double the permissible income of $30 to $60 per week with the cut out point for fringe benefits $90.

3. All pensions and benefits to be raised to 30% of the male average weekly earnings and indexed to the CPI.

4. All pensions to be paid on an individual basis to eliminate the discrimination against married couples currently losing $30 per week.

Furthermore, we strongly oppose the introduction of a broad based indirect tax thereby shifting the tax burden on to those dependent on Social Welfare and low income earners, further increasing their poverty, while allowing the continuation of high income earners and tax avoiders to pay little or no tax.

And we, your humble petitioners will, in duty bound, forever pray.