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PETITIONS

The following 12 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Boswell and Collard, from 60 and 133 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Archer, from 79 petitioners praying that the Senate disallow certain regulations and ordinances dealing with publications and video material, that action be taken to enforce existing laws, that further measures be taken in association with the States and that the censors more appropriately reflect reasonable and responsible community attitudes.

Senator Reid, from 114 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senators Lajovic and Scott, from 221 and 45 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Zakharov, from 86 petitioners praying that the Parliament recognise the widespread public opposition to plant variety rights and promote alternative means of royalty collection for plant breeders.

Senators MacGibbon and Short, from 33 and 14 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Costigan Royal Commission be reactivated and provided with sufficient resources to conclude its investigations into organised crime in Australia.

Senator Boswell, from 546 petitioners praying that the decision to allow privileges and travel entitlements to homosexual staff of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation be reversed.

Senator MacGibbon, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 1722 and 771 petitioners praying that former legislation banning the entry into Australia and sale of hard-core pornographic and violent videos and publications be re-enacted.