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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read:

Senator Kilgariff, from 126 citizens of Australia praying that the Government initiate policies to lower home loan interest rates and promote greater availability of finance for housing.

Senator Missen, from 34 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament take immediate and positive action to avert further poverty in the community by raising the level of all pensions and benefits and reconsidering recent decisions concerning the health system and cuts to Commonwealth activity.

Senator Chipp, from 59 citizens of Australia praying that the basic rate of pensions be increased to thirty per cent of average weekly earnings and pensioners' rent allowances be increased to $20 per week.

Senator Gietzelt, from 176 citizens of Australia praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for development works such as dams or roads.

Senator Harradine, from 12 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reject any proposal to establish plant variety rights in Australia.

Senator MacGibbon, from 75 citizens of Australia praying that the funding of community kindergartens be increased or at least be maintained at prevent levels.

Senator Harradine, from 317 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national average weekly male earnings; remove the means and income tests for pensioner health benefits; re-introduce Medibank; and provide $200 million for State housing authorities.

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received :

Senator Lewis, from 40 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Missen.

Senator Childs, from 142 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Gietzelt.

The following petition, lodged with the Clerk by the Senator indicated, was received:

Senator Archer, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national average weekly male earnings; remove the means and income tests for pensioner health benefits; re-introduce Medibank; and provide $200 million for State housing authorities.