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PETITIONS

The following 6 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the senators indicated, were received:

 Senators Bolkus, Buckland and Kirk, 5 petitions similar in wording, from 149, 68, 159, 10 and 488 petitioners, respectively, requesting that the Senate take action to ensure that the funding policies of the Commonwealth Government are reformed to provide increased and fairer funding for public schools.

 Senator Faulkner, from 24 petitioners, requesting that the Senate oppose any legislation to abolish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.