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PETITIONS

The following 26 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Chipp, from 90 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Robert Ray, from 20 petitioners praying that the Senate support the introduction of a broad-based consumption tax with no exemptions to replace current sales tax legislation.

Senator Walters, from 272 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 Maguire, from 76 petitioners praying that the proposed cut-back of funding for pre-school and child care services be reversed.

Senators Durack, Knowles and Townley, from 290, 300 and 74 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.

Senators Robert Ray and Short, from 561 and 415 petitioners, respectively, praying that the freeze imposed on nursing home benefits be lifted.

Senator Macklin, from 76 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 Sheil, from 23 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.

Senator Knowles, from 41 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Industries Assistance Commission recommendation that no assistance be provided to the frozen pea industry and support measures which assist the industry.

Senators Jessop and Messner, from 264 and 342 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to restore the review of the nursing home benefit rates in November 1985, provide nursing home care concessions for pensioner patients and to resolve its concerns over health care costs with the South Australian Government.

Senators Chipp and Short, from 101 and 123 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 Chaney, from 33 petitioners praying that the assets test be repealed.

Senator Kilgariff, from 556 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to give further consideration to the adverse effects of petrol price increases on the people of the Northern Territory and other isolated regions.

Senator Robertson, from 1488 petitioners praying that a fuel price reduction policy be introduced.

Senators Haines and Messner, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 33 and 443 petitioners, respectively, praying that the level of funding to the pre-school sector of education be restored.

Senator Evans, from 36 petitioners praying that the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Amendment Bill 1985 be passed.

Senator Brownhill, from 101 petitioners praying that the Senate reject certain tax proposals which are outlined in the Government's White Paper of May 1985.

Senator Missen, from 135 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to include communication aids on the equipment list funded through the Provision of Aids for Disabled People program.

Senator Knowles, from 173 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to repeal the assets test, inquire into Australia's retirement income and taxation systems and institute an equitable retirement income policy.

Senator Parer, from 745 petitioners praying that the Senate request the government to formulate an International Sugar Agreement and legislate to provide assistance to cane growers.