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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 484

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives, the Minister for Social Security and the Minister for Health, Federal Government, Canberra. The Petition of the undersigned electors, citizens and pensioners of this electorate of Paterson.

We desire to express our strong disapproval and disgust at the application of those bureaucratic policy decisions of both the Department of Social Security and the Department of Health which have so savagely dislocated the living conditions of a section of our community least able to defend itself from such attacks, namely the invalid pensioners.

That such penny-pinching tactics could be conceived in minds of any petty bureaucrat in a country as affluent as ours is beyond our comprehension. That our Governmnent is allowing such insensitive treatment of these people to continue in such ruthless fashion seems to indicate lack of control by the Government as we cannot believe that this situation is the result of a policy decision.

We therefore call on the Government and the Departments concerned to rectify the situation immediately and order the restoration of pension and benefits to all those entitled persons from whom these have been recently withdrawn.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. byMrO'Keefe.

Petition received.

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