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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Reid, from 110 petitioners praying that action be taken to denounce the Soviet Union's involvement in the 1932-33 famine in the Ukraine and that steps be taken to ensure the maintenance of human rights by the members of the United Nations.

Senator Watson, from 40 petitioners praying that the Senate make certain amendments to the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 and ensure that a conscience vote on the Bill is permitted to all members of Parliament.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 36 petitioners praying that Federal Government per capita grants in respect of all children in non-Government schools be continued at a level not less than that prevailing in 1983.

Senators Chaney and Richardson, from 114 and 213 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it from being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senator Reid, from 16 petitioners praying that no further action be taken towards self-government in the Australian Capital Territory until the publication of the findings of the Commonwealth Grants Commission Inquiry and the holding of a referendum of voters of the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Robert Ray, from 19 petitioners praying that Australian citizens who receive welfare benefits be given full support from the Commonwealth.

Senator Lewis, from 72 petitioners praying that the tax on fortified wine either be withdrawn or modified in its method of application and collection.

Senator Reid, from 21 petitioners praying that an inquiry into the Australian Capital Territory rating system be initiated.