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PETITIONS

The following 64 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Brownhill, from 208 petitioners praying that the Senate protect the rights of private enterprise and reject the introduction of any inequitable additional taxes such as capital gains taxes.

Senator Macklin, from 32 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to ensure that no nuclear weapons are allowed into Australia, that all uranium mining cease in Australia and that the Senate urge the Government to encourage the United States and the Soviet Union to stop the nuclear arms race.

Senators Evans, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle and Lewis, each from 9 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that no change be made to the funding of local government without the consent of representatives of local government.

Senators Peter Baume, Chipp, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle and Puplick, 4 petitions similar in wording, from 246, 41, 19 and 112 petitions, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985.

Senator Lewis, from 813 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to remain consistent in its obligations to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and take action to prevent the operation of legalised brothels in Victoria.

Senator Messner, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate not legalise the possession, sale, hire or supply of any pornographic material.

Senator Chipp, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 84 and 80 petitioners, respectively, praying that all members of Parliament support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1984.

Senator Messner, from 181 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Macklin, from 170 petitioners praying that a Senate Select Committee on Nuclear Disarmament and Peace be established to investigate the creation of a Ministry of Peace and Nuclear Disarmament.

Senator Kilgariff, from 110 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the Government fulfills its commitment to complete the redevelopment of Darwin International Airport by the scheduled completion date of 1988.

Senator Durack, from 68 petitioners praying that the Senate pass a motion in support of the existing Australian flag.

Senators Durack and Messner, from 20 and 417 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate repeal the Labor Government's assets test.

Senator Button, from 9 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the concessional rate of duty on old cars and car parts be maintained.

Senator Robertson, from 15 petitioners praying that the Oath of Allegiance be not changed.

Senator Chaney, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate support the introduction of a broad-based consumption tax with no exemptions to replace current sales tax legislation.

Senator Durack, from 7180 petitioners praying that the Senate pass a motion that the existing Australian National Flag be changed only with the approval of the nation as expressed in a referendum.

Senators Bolkus, Sir John Carrick, Chaney, Childs, Evans, Grimes, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Jessop, Mason, Messner, Puplick, Peter Rae, Short, Teague, Vanstone, Vigor, Walsh and Withers, from 172, 680, 283, 370, 1246, 192, 959, 553, 579, 863, 610, 354, 525, 657, 69, 70, 30 and 216 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

Senator Childs, from 13 petitioners praying that the Parliament recognise the widespread public opposition to plant variety rights and promote alternative means of royalty collection for plant breeders.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 18 petitioners praying that the Senate support full military co-operation between Australia and the United States for the defence security of the Australian Commonwealth.

Senator Walsh, from 14 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the introduction of a broad-based consumption tax.

Senator Walsh, from 1094 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose the introduction of tertiary education fees.

Senators Button, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle and Lewis from 411, 1073 and 640 petitioners, respectively, praying that the freeze imposed on nursing home benefits be lifted.

Senator Ryan, from 75 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reverse its decision to reduce education funding.

Senators Bolkus, Grimes, Jessop, Messner, Teague, Vanstone and Vigor, from 756, 36, 469, 41, 101, 19 and 19 petitioners, respectively, praying that the proposed cut-back of funding for pre-school and child care services be reversed.

Senators Button and Evans, from 111 and 116 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to redirect foreign aid away from the Ethiopian Government towards the peoples of Tigre and Eritrea.

Senator Teague, from 3 petitioners praying that laboratory experimentation upon Australian protected wildlife be prohibited.

Senator Ryan, from 372 petitioners praying that staffing cuts in Australian Capital Territory government schools and TAFE colleges be not implemented.

Senator Macklin, from 110 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) Bill 1985.

Senator Macklin, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose any sections of the proposed Veterans' Entitlements Bill which would have the effect of reducing veterans' benefits including that which seeks to change the onus of proof.

Senator Macklin, from 6 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to delay the implementation of cuts to veterans' entitlements until the 1985 Budget session.

Senator Giles, from 346 petitioners praying that the decision to cut the Technical and Further Education Participation and Equity Program be reversed and that the program be guaranteed funding for 1987, and beyond.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by Senator Peter Baume and received:

From 175 petitioners opposing Senator Harradine's proposed legislation to control future research into in vitro fertilisation.