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PETITIONS

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

Senator Hearn, from 345 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Robert Ray, from 151 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 Jones, from 60 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse export permits covering mineral sands mined on Moreton Island.

Senator Jones, from 26 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 Robert Ray, from 19 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 Georges, from 15 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament not ratify Australian military participation in the proposed Sinai Peacekeeping force unless it is controlled by the United Nations.

Senator McLaren, from 29 citizens of Australia praying that the Government urgently review railway freight increases imposed in South Australia by Australian National Railways; ensure a reduction of freight and parcel rates; and encourage greater public utilisation of rail services.

Senators McLaren and Georges, from 30 and 108 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate reject any proposal to sell Trans Australia Airlines.

Senator Jones, from 44 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 Ryan, from 41 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament confer State-like self-government on the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Foreman, from 73 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not increase or impose sales tax on printed goods or paper products but instead introduce a resource rental tax for foreign mining companies.

Senator Hearn, from 126 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain Tasmanian post office.

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

Senator Hearn, from 68 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain Australian post office.

Senators Haines, Gietzelt, McLaren and Georges, from 122, 1209, 15 and 280 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senators Mason and Robert Ray, from 55 and 70 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Hearn relating to postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Macklin, from 49 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Ryan.

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

Senator Primmer, from 22 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 Colston, from 59 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Jones relating to the mining of mineral sands.

Senator Hamer, from 98 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate defer for twelve months any proposal to amalgamate the Institute of Early Childhood Development with other colleges.

Senators MacGibbon and McClelland, from 145 and 274 citizens, respectively, 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 Scott, from 56 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Carrick, from 36 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate disallow any Ordinance authorising the establishment of a gambling casino in Canberra.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 29 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate support or initiate a Federal inquiry into proposed development in South West Tasmania, and not allow funds to be allocated for the construction of dams in that region.

Senators Ryan and Hamer, from 15 and 38 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition Fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 77 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.