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PETITIONS

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

Senator Bonner, from 19 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 Haines, from 154 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the Banking Act 1959 to limit increases in interest rates to one per cent per annum, and to provide that increases above that amount be subject to the approval of both Houses of Parliament.

Senator Reid, from 1338 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate support the introduction of multicultural television to the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Button, from 14 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 Ryan, from 1032 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reverse its decision on the funding of women's refuges, rape crisis centres and women's health centres, concentrate the administration of women's services within one department, guarantee triennial funding and increase funds for existing services.

Senator Robert Ray, from 50 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Mason, from 205 citizens of Australia praying that the Government legislate to remove sales tax from solar water heaters and make their installation costs tax deductible.

Senator Jones, from 910 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that the Keperra Post Office, Queensland, not be closed but be upgraded to cater for local economic growth.

Senator Grimes, from 434 citizens of Australia praying that the Government bring to an end legal proceedings in the ""Greek Conspiracy Case'' in a manner which will protect the rights of Dr A. Tahmindjis.

Senator Ryan, from 1981 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 Mason, from 93 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate prevent the imposition of a sales tax on books.

Senator Sibraa, from 21 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:

Senators Ryan, Gietzelt, Macklin and Mason, from 1545, 424, 636 and 158 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senator Ryan, from 1674 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Reid.

Senator Mason, from 110 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Robert Ray.

Senator Robert Ray, from 8 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Button.

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

Senator Siddons, from 27 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Hamer, from 289 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senator Grimes, from 110 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to transfer the Australian Government Publishing Service bookshops to the private sector.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 66 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Button.

Senator Button, from 32 citizens of Australia praying that sales tax not be imposed on books, educational materials, or other basic consumer items.

Senator Missen, from 46 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 Missen, from 90 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not increase or impose sales taxes on printed goods or paper products.