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PETITIONS

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

Senator Lajovic, 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 Childs, from 72 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 1335 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 McLaren, 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 Robert Ray, from 47 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 subsidy scheme.

Senator Walsh, from 4 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take steps to implement the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament relating to disclosure of pecuniary interests.

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

Senators Childs and Gietzelt, from 1504 and 1081 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 Colston, from 209 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 Robert Ray, from 10 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senators Elstob and Robert Ray, from 204 and 7 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 Childs, from 95 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not increase or impose sales taxes on printed goods or paper products but instead introduce a resource rental tax for foreign mining companies.

Senator Robert Ray, from 33 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senators Button, Childs, Lewis and Thomas, from 151, 48, 328 and 370 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.