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PETITIONS

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

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 16 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 McLaren, from 18 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.

Senator Keeffe, from 20 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to halt the mining, milling and export of Australian uranium.

Senator Gietzelt, from 107 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 Sibraa, from 67 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 Bonner, from 22 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.

Senator Robert Ray, from 670 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to ensure that the Government continues to regulate bank interest rates and provides a needs-based mortgage payment subsidy scheme.

Senator Robert Ray, from 206 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator McLaren, from 17 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to sell Trans Australia Airlines.

Senator Giles, from 25 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the relevant taxation Acts to provide for deduction of home loan interest payments.

Senator Ryan, from 9 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Haines, from 91 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the Banking Act 1959 to limit increases in interest rates to one per cent per annum, and to provide that increases above that amount be subject to the approval of both Houses of Parliament.

Senator McLaren, from 41 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 Sibraa, from 170 citizens of Australia praying that Federal funding of children's services be restored to 1975-76 levels, that a standardised means test not be imposed on users of children's services, and that the proposal to supplement private sector children's services with public funds not be implemented.

Senator Gietzelt, from 14 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to hold a referendum on the question that the entire area of the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding waters be immediately declared a marine park under the provisions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.

Senator Haines, from 49 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate persuade the Government to enable Commissioners of the Australian Broadcasting Commission to be appointed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee and that corporate underwriting of A.B.C. programmes not proceed.

Senator Mason, from 144 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain post office.

Senator Jones, from 100 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate refuse export licences for uranium products from the Ben Lomond Mine, Queensland.

Senator Jones, from 44 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.

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

Senators Haines and Mason, from 14 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 Bolkus, from 21 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 Haines, from 20 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 Homes Loans.

Senator Jones, from 140 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.

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

Senator Colston, from 506 citizens of Australia praying that the Government undertake television rating surveys during holiday periods to encourage the broadcasting of quality television programmes at those times.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 1,309 citizens of Australia praying that funds allocated to the children's services programme in 1982 be increased and indexed for inflation, and that the proposal to subsidise commercial child care centres be rejected.

Senator Jessop, from 41 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 Reid, Lewis and Robert Ray, from 100, 177 and 15 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.

Senator Button, from 43 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senators Baume and Button, from 63 and 4 citizens of Australia, respectively, 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.

Senator Colston, from 71 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse export permits covering mineral sands mined on Moreton Island.

Senator Colston, from 74 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 Baume, from 178 citizens of Australia praying that the export of cat and dog skins be prohibited.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by the Senator indicated and received:

Senator Button, from 34 citizens of Australia praying that the periodicals produced by non-profit clubs and organisations be exempted from the requirement of annual registration with Australia Post.