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Tuesday, 12 October 1971
Page: 2144

Mr BENNETT (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of . the House . of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of. Western Australia respectfully showeth:

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

We therefore call upon the Commonwealth Government to increase the base pension rate to 30 per cent of average weekly male earnings, plus supplementary assistance in accordance with ACTU policy and by so doing give a reasonably moderate -pension.

The Average Weekly earnings for adult male unit wage and salary earner means the figures issued from time to time by the Commonwealth Statistician and published quarterly.

Your Petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate and 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 you Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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