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Thursday, 17 October 1974
Page: 1801

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I present the following petition from 276 Australian Government employees:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned Australian Government employees respectfully showeth:

That under the provisions of the existing superannuation scheme for Australian Government employees:

(a)   Contribution rates are excessively high especially for older members, and hence the preclusion of most contributors from the full pension theoretically available.

(b)   Costs of administration are needlessly high because of the complexity of the scheme.

(c)   Female contributors are discriminated against.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, will take the most urgent steps to ensure:

The introduction of the Treasurer's proposals for a new superannuation scheme for Australian Government employees presented in March1974.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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