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PETITIONS

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

Senator Missen, from 30 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 Childs, from 70 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain post office.

Senator Teague, from 240 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.

Senator Evans, from 18 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Robert Ray, from 181 citizens of Australia praying that sales tax not be imposed on books, educational materials or other basic consumer items.

Senator Robertson, on behalf of Senator Jones, from 32 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to abolish the Community Youth Support Scheme.

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

Senator Childs, from 43 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented earlier by him.

Senator Robert Ray, from 55 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Evans.

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

Senator Jessop, from 81 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.

Senators Chaney and Jessop, from 28 and 14 citizens of Australia, 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 Carrick, from 34 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petitions presented by Senator Childs.

Senator Jessop, from 102 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senator Button, from 11 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Evans.

Senator Jessop, from 8 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reject any proposal to establish plant breeders' rights in Australia.

Senator Ryan, 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.

Senators Jessop and Robert Ray, from 297 and 14 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Teague.

Senator Grimes, from 30 citizens of Australia praying that a means test not be imposed on users of child-care services.