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Thursday, 25 February 1971

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - I present from 72 citizens of Australia the following petition:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The Petition of the undersigned citizens of Tasmania respectfully sheweth:

That due to the higher living cost, persons on Social Service Pensions are finding it extremely difficult lo live in even the most frugal way.

We therefore call upon the Commonwealth Government to increase the base pension rate to 30% of the Average Weekly Male Earnings for all States, as ascertained by the Commonwealth Statistician, plus supplementary assistance and allowances in accordance with A.C.T.U. policy and adopted as the policy of the Australian Commonwealth Pensioners' Federation, and by doing so give a reasonably moderate pension.

Your Petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate and the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to bring about the wishes expressed in our Petition so that our citizens receiving the Social Service Pensions may live their lives in dignity.

And your Petitioners as in duly bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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