- Senate of Parliament of Australia
Retirement age of Indigenous Australians' Petition
Australian Bureau of Statistics data show the median age at death of Indigenous Australians to be 55 years of age for males and 61.3 years for females 2. The median age at death for non-Indigenous Australians are 78.7 years for males and 84.7 years for females. This shows Indigenous people have a shorter life expectancy of 23.7 years for males and 23.4 years for females.
Any proposed changes to increase the retirement age of Australian will have significant repercussions on Indigenous people.
Lowering the retirement age for this group of people is in line with Closing the Gap. Indigenous people applying for early retirement at the age of 55 years must have confirmation from a community organisation certifying their Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander descent.
1. www.coag.gov.au/closing_the_gap_in_indigenous_disadvantage (viewed on 2.8.14)
2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013) Deaths, Australia, 2012. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Table 17.1 Median age at death, Indigenous status, Selected States and territories – 1991 to 2012.
To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:
THE PETITION OF THE UNDERSIGNED SHOWS:
A recommendation and consideration for the optional retirement age of Indigenous Australians to be amended to the age of 55 years. A retirement age for Indigenous people at 65 years of age is not in line with Closing the Gap initiatiave to Close the Gap in life expectancy within a generation (by 2031). This petition asks that the retirement age of Indigenous Australians be set at an optional age of 55 years of age (with full superannuation benefits and old age pensions if entitled) until the year 2031.
YOUR PETITIONERS ASK THAT THE SENATE:
amend or add an optional retirement age of 55 years for Indigenous people. To consider, debate and vote by conscious vote on Indigenous Australians having the option to retire at the age of 55 years of age with full superannuation benefits and old age pensions (if entitled) until the year 2031.
The Lower Australian Indigenous People's Retirement Age to 55 years petition to Senate of Parliament of Australia was written by brett nutley and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.