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PETITIONS

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

Senators Colston and Mason, from 43 and 15 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Georges, from 12 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue to support and further encourage the National Women's Advisory Council.

Senator Siddons, from 298 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Colston, from 12 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse export permits covering mineral sands mined on Moreton Island.

Senator Mason, from 127 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain Australian post office.

Senator Sibraa, on behalf of Senator Button, from 23 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 Mason, from 239 citizens of Australia praying that sales tax not be imposed on books, educational materials or other basic consumer items.

Senator Hearn, from 36 citizens of Australia praying that increased funding be made available to the Family Planning Association of Tasmania.

Senator Gietzelt, from 14 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 10 citizens of Australia praying that the Government maintain a strong and viable Australian motor industry and safeguard job opportunities for Australians.

Senator Giles, from 12 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 MacGibbon, from 103 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.

Senator Tate, from 22 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that the Commonwealth Department of Health will not regulate the availability of vitamins and minerals.

Senator Tate, from 17 citizens of Australia praying that the Government immediately increase Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme allowances, lower the threshhold for parental income, abandon the loans scheme proposals and give a firm commitment that tuition fees will not be introduced for first degrees or diplomas at Tasmanian tertiary institutions.

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

Senator Button, from 1019 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Mason relating to sales tax.

Senator MacGibbon, from 23 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Colston relating to postal services.

Senator Tate, from 430 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator MacGibbon relating to pensions and benefits.

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

Senator Button, from 50 citizens of Australia praying that the Plant Variety Rights Bill 1981 be withdrawn.

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

Senators Carrick and Hamer, from 45 and 405 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator MacGibbon relating to pensions and benefits.

Senator Lewis, from 14 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not increase or impose sales taxes on printed goods or paper products but instead introduce a resource rental tax for foreign mining companies.

Senator Harradine, from 217 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Mason relating to sales tax.