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Wednesday, 7 April 1971

Debate resumed from 6 April (vide page 796), on motion by Senator Greenwood:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Upon which Senator Fitzgerald had moved by way of amendment:

At end of motion add - ". but the Senate is of the opinion that -

(1)   the increases proposed are inadequate;

(2)   social service payments generally are inadequate to maintain an acceptable standard of living;

(3)   steps should be taken immediately to eliminate poverty;

(4)   a national superannuation system should be established and the means test eliminated; and

(5)   pension payments should be a proportion of average weekly earnings adjusted annually" -

And upon which SenatorGair had moved as an amendment to Senator Fitzgerald's proposed amendment:

Leave out paragraph (5) and insert the following new paragraphs: "(5) rates of pensions should be determined by an independent tribunal or committee of experts on social services including pensioner representation;

(6)   pending the creation of an independent tri bunal or committee to determine pension rates, pension payments should be a proportion of average weekly earnings adjusted annually".







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