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PETITIONS

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

Senator Mason, from 122 citizens of Australia praying that the Government legislate to remove sales tax from solar water heaters and make their installation costs tax deductible.

Senator Georges, from 15 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 Missen, from 181 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 Mason, from 80 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to halt the mining, milling and export of Australian uranium.

Senator Tate, from 106 citizens of Australia praying that the Government immediately increase Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme allowances, lower the threshold 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.

Senator Reid, from 152 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate support the early deregulation of shopping hours in the Australian Capital Territory.

Senators Georges and McIntosh, from 26 and 14 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Parliament not ratify Australian military participation in the proposed Sinai Peacekeeping Force unless it is controlled by the United Nations.

Senators Mason (two), Tate (two), Keeffe and McIntosh, from 75, 71, 29, 28, 99 and 10 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of certain post offices.

Senator McLaren, from 37 citizens of Australia praying that the Government extend the generous terms of Commonwealth home loans granted to two Ministers to the thousands of young couples suffering undue hardship because of high interest rates.

Senator McIntosh, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Mulvihill, from 51 878 citizens of Australia praying that legislation be passed to prohibit commercial trading in or export of domestic cat and dog skins.

Senator Mason, from 412 citizens of Australia praying that the amount of income allowed to be earned by pensioners before fringe benefits are cut off or pension is reduced be increased.

Senator Kilgariff, from 47 citizens of Australia praying that the Government initiate policies to lower home loan interest rates and promote greater availability of finance for housing.

Senator Bonner, from 85 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to reinstate without delay the general grant of $20,000 to La Boite Theatre, Queensland.

Senator Siddons, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

The following petition, presented by the Senator indicated, was received :

Senator Mason, from 124 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 petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by the Senator indicated and received:

Senator Coates, from 640 citizens of Australia praying that the Government revise the decision to cease funding of the Community Youth Support Scheme.

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

Senator MacGibbon, from 9 citizens of Australia praying that the National Women's Advisory Council be abolished to ensure that Parliamentary debate on women's issues is free from intervention by an unrepresentative advisory council.

Senators Messner and Jessop, from 237 and 64 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Missen.

Senator Collard, from 17 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Georges relating to pensions.

Senator Scott, from 22 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator McClelland, from 15 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 Scott, from 26 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senator Thomas, from 30 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not proceed with the proposed sales tax on books, magazines and newspapers.

Senator Scott, from 13 citizens of Australia praying that taxpayers who incur child-care expenses in order to earn an income, have those expenses exempted from income tax.

Senator Chaney, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government restore the Imperial system of measurement.