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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2177

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

That restoration of provisions of the Social Security Act that applied prior to the 1978-79 Budget is of vital concern to offset the rising cost of goods and services.

The reason advanced by the Government for yearly payments 'that the lower level of inflation made twice-yearly payments inappropriate ' is not valid.

Great injury will be caused to 920,000 aged, invalid, widows and supporting parents, who rely solely on the pension or whose income, other than the pension, is $6 or less per week. Once-a-year payments strike a cruel blow to their expectation and make a mockery of a solemn election pledge.

Accordingly, your petitioners call upon their legislators to:

(   1 ) Restore twice-yearly pension payments in the Autumn session.

(2)   Raise pensions and unemployed benefits above the poverty level to 30 per cent of Average Weekly Earnings.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Senator Carrick.

Petition received.







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