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PETITIONS

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

Senator MacGibbon, from 123 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 McLaren, from 17 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 Coleman, from 43 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate extend to the unemployed the benefits for pharmaceutical, optical and other entitlements under the Health Care Card system.

Senator Grimes, from 769 citizens of Australia praying that staff levels in the Department of Social Security be increased and that the Government rescind stand -down orders.

Senator Grimes, from 75 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to transfer the Australian Government Publishing Service bookshops to the private sector.

Senator Walsh, from 21 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the relevant taxation Acts to provide for deduction of home loan interest payments.

Senator Jones, from 65 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 Robert Ray, from 102 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to ensure that the Government continues to regulate bank interest rates and provide a needs-based mortgage payment subsidy scheme.

Senator Foreman, from 125 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament refrain from enacting any plant variety rights legislation, and hold a public inquiry into the impact of existing overseas plant variety rights schemes on the Australia seed industry.

Senator Childs, from 108 citizens of Australia praying that sales tax not be levied on books, magazines and newspapers.

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

Senator Jones, from 37 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 Childs and MacGibbon, from 1830 and 126 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.

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

Senator Walsh, from 176 citizens of Australia praying that the Government undertake to provide information relating to, and carry out a cost-benefit analysis of, proposals to grant plant variety rights.

Senators Colston and Harradine, from 182 and 76 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 Sir John Carrick, from 181 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the imposition of sales tax on essential educational items.

Senators Baume, Martin and Teague, from 367, 80 and 100 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 Jones, from 8 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to abolish the Community Youth Support Scheme.

Senator Scott, from 44 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 Baume, from 5 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 Walsh, from 30 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reject any proposal to establish plant breeders' rights in Australia.

Senator Walsh, from 62 citizens of Australia praying that the introduction of plant variety rights legislation be deferred until full and informed public discussion of the issues involved has taken place.