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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3022

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) -I move:

That the petition relating to the statement by the Prime Minister on the means test be printed.

The petition reads as follows:

The humble petition of the undersigned electors of the Commonwealth respectfully showeth-

1.   That in his Policy Speech prior to the last elections the Right Honourable the Prime Minister said, 'We stand by our commitment to abolish the means test on pensions'.

2.   That at the time it was generally considered that this statement of the Prime Minister's was something more than an empty form of words.

3.   That since the last election, there has been no action by the Government towards the abolition of the means test

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Honourable House, prior to its dissolution, will ask the Prime Minister to make a definite statement as to what action he proposes to take, and when he proposes to take it, towards the abolition of the means test.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will forever pray.

It is obvious that many people voted -

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