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Catholic Commission backs pensioner revolt
    Brisbane's Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has supported pensioner protests against the Federal Government's decision to grant social security recipients only half the CPI increase.
    The Catholic Leader reports the Commission will appeal to Federal Treasurer Peter Costello on their behalf.
    CJPC executive officer Peter Arndt said the Church had a responsibility to stand with and support disadvantaged people in their struggle for justice.
    "The fundamental issue is that people on pensions and other forms of income support are not getting enough to cover the increased costs of the GST," Mr Arndt said.
    "We strongly support the efforts of pensioners to get a fair go. They are entitled to get enough money to live with difnity.
    "The Government has been very generous to people on high incomes by giving them very large tax cuts," he said. "It's simply not fair that people on the borrom are being asked to bear the burden of tax reform."
   
Catholic Leader
   
23-Mar-01


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