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PETITIONS

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

Senator Kilgariff, from 44 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 Jones, from 21 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate call upon the Government to declare a moratorium on the introduction of fees at the Repatriation General Hospital, Greenslopes, Queensland.

Senator Siddons, from 447 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Jones, from 87 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse to extend the existing curfew at Brisbane Airport and reconsider its siting plans for the proposed new runway so as to minimise noise pollution over approach paths.

Senator Coleman, from 130 citizens of Australia praying that the Government provide sufficient funds for State education systems to ensure the maintenance of the current high quality of education.

Senator Giles, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue to fund the Community Youth Support Scheme throughout Australia.

The following petition, presented by the Senator indicated, was received:

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

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

Senators Peter Rae and Evans, from 26 and 33 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate support or initiate a Federal inquiry into the proposed development of South West Tasmania, and not allow funds to be allocated for the construction of dams in that region.

Senator Baume, from 53 citizens of Australia similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Kilgariff.

Senator Ryan, from 74 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for postgraduate and second degree students.

Senator Reid, from 21 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that retail trading hours in the Australian Capital Territory continue to be regulated.

Senator Baume, from 71 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain Australian post office.

Senator Baume, from 161 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Grimes, from 15 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national weekly male earnings; remove the means and income tests for pensioner health benefits; re-introduce Medibank; and provide $200 million for State housing authorities.