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Tuesday, 15 April 1980
Page: 1425

Senator MELZER (VICTORIA) - I present the following petition from 1 9 citizens of Australia:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That as it is clear that unemployment is a long term problem in Australia, the Government should extend to the unemployed the same assistance as is given to any other disadvantaged member of the community. There is an urgent need to alleviate the financial hardship and emotional stress that the unemployed are suffering.

Your petitioners therefore pray:

(   1 ) That the Government adopt positive policies to reduce unemployment.

(2)   That the basic Unemployment Benefit be raised to at least the level of the poverty line as calculated by Professor Henderson.

(3)   In line with other Social Service additional income awards, and in order to encourage work creation schemes and the fostering of initiative and self respect, that the S6.00 per week additional income limit be raised to at least $20.00 per week.

(4)   That the financial penalties above the earning of $20.00 per week, assessed on a monthly basis, be calculated at the same rate as other Social Security benefits.

(5)   That the Commonwealth grant subsidies to State governments so that the unemployed can be granted transport concessions in order that they are not penalised in job seeking.

(6)   That pharmaceutical and medical concessions be granted to the unemployed equivalent to those received by other Social Service beneficiaries.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

The Acting Clerk- Petitions have been lodged for presentation as follows:

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