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PETITIONS

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

Senator Kilgariff, from 39 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 Ryan, from 32 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Hearn, from 17 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 Mulvihill, from 20 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the imposition of sales tax on essential educational items.

Senator Ryan, from 30 citizens of Australia praying that legislation be passed to eliminate discrimination in all areas under Commonwealth jurisdiction.

The following petitions, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, were, by leave, presented by the Senators indicated and received:

Senator Mulvihill, from 123 citizens of Australia praying that the Government instruct Film Australia to make civil defence films to be shown on A.B.C. television for the education of the general public.

Senator Robertson, from 110 citizens of Australia praying that the Government grant the equivalent of $1 per head of population to State emergency services and civil defence organisations.

Senator Robertson, from 82 citizens of Australia praying that the Australian Counter Disaster College at Mount Macedon give more emphasis to civil defence preparation courses.

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

Senators Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Jessop and Hamer, from 33, 25 and 11 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senator Colston, from 665 citizens of Australia praying that the Sales Tax Amendment Bills be withdrawn.

Senator Siddons, from 25 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urgently consider granting the service pension to all ex-service personnel.

Senators Sir John Carrick, Messner, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Jessop, Withers, Primmer and Chaney, from 739, 121, 587, 88, 43, 9 and 67 citizens of Australia, respectively, 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 Robert Ray and Chipp, from 8 and 9 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Robert Ray, from 4 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to ensure that the Government continue to regulate bank interest rates and provide a needs-based mortgage payment subsidy scheme.

Senator Ryan, from 22 citizens of Australia, praying that the Defence Service Homes Act be amended to enable all ex-servicewomen who served Australia in World War II to qualify for Defence Service Home Loans.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Ryan and Hamer, from 60, 61 and 128 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.

Senators Sir John Carrick, McClelland, Ryan, Hamer and Chaney, from 96, 44, 67, 67 and 44 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.

Senator Kilgariff, from 121 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate hold an inquiry into the morale and equipment of Australian civil defence organisations.