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PETITIONS

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

Senator Lajovic, from 56 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Sibraa, from 22 citizens of Australia 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 Siddons, from 75 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Gietzelt, from 14 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate make use of its constitutional and legislative powers to grant full land rights and self- management to the Aboriginal people of Queensland.

Senator Lajovic, from 86 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.

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

Senator Robert Ray, from 48 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Sibraa.

Senators Sibraa and Robert Ray, from 34 and 10 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Lajovic relating to postal services.

Senator Gietzelt, from 44 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Lajovic relating to South West Tasmania.

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

Senator Carrick, from 12 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate disallow any Ordinance authorising the establishment of a gambling casino in Canberra.

Senator Button, from 54 citizens of Australia praying that sales tax not be imposed on books, educational materials, or other basic consumer items.

Senator Primmer, from 28 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 Jessop, from 42 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 Jessop, from 140 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Lajovic relating to South West Tasmania.

Senator Jessop, from 54 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Sibraa relating to South West Tasmania.