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PETITIONS

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

Senators Scott, Childs, Mulvihill and Sibraa, from 50, 51, 95 and 51 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for development works such as dams or roads.

Senators Ryan and Bjelke-Petersen, from 45 and 68 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 Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 5 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senator Baume, from 52 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate disallow any Ordinance authorising the establishment of a gambling casino in Canberra.

Senator Gietzelt, from 1449 citizens of Australia praying that staff levels in the Department of Social Security be increased and that the Government rescind stand-down orders.

Senator Jones, from 170 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 Jones, from 51 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate refuse export licences for uranium products from the Den Lomond mine, Queensland.

Senator Jones, from 30 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.

Senators Coleman and Georges, from 26 and 33 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Coleman, from 28 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 Coleman, from 27 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 Siddons, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Jones, from 5 citizens of Australia praying that the delivery of unsolicited mail to private mailboxes be limited and that the free movement of legitimate mail be protected.

Senator Giles, from 24 citizens of Australia praying that the Defence Service Homes Act be amended to enable all ex-servicewomen who served Australia during World War II to qualify for Defence Service Home Loans.

Senator Jones, from 19 citizens of Australia praying that Mt Isa continue to be regarded as a Zone A locality for taxation purposes, and that the Zone A allowance be set at $4,800.

Senator Georges, from 19 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate support a speed limit of 25 kilometres per hour outside schools and playgrounds for one hour before schools start and one hour after schools end.