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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Lajovic, from 139 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Minister for Foreign Affairs to raise with the U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister the return of the Church of Mary Queen of Peace to the religious worshippers of Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Senator McLaren, from 43 citizens of South 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 Bjelke-Petersen, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that taxpayers who incur child-care expenses in order to earn income, have those expenses exempt from income tax.

Senator Mason, on behalf of Senator Chipp, from 47 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senators Robert Ray and Hearn, from 96 and 70 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the import of all seal products into Australia be banned.

Senator Reid, from 23 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 Bolkus, from 15 citizens of Australia praying that legislation be passed to eliminate discrimination in all areas under Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Senators Mason (on behalf of Senator Chipp) and McLaren, from 19 and 83 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Parliament refrain from enacting any plant variety rights legislation, and hold a public enquiry into the impact of existing overseas plant variety rights schemes on the Australian seed industry.

Senator Teague, from 295 citizens of South Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Robertson, on behalf of Senator Ryan, from 205 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Bolkus, from 11 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to sell Trans Australia Airlines.

Senator Lajovic, from 140 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge the Government to discontinue diplomatic relations with Yugoslavia and to ask the United Nations General Assembly to supervise a referendum whereby the constituent nations of the Federation of Yugoslavia may vote on the question of secession.

Senator Macklin, from 48 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

Senator Walsh, from 10 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: Senator Mulvihill, from 18 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

Senator Childs, from 639 citizens of Australia praying that the import of all seal products into Australia be banned.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by the Senator indicated and received: Senator Button, from 24 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Bjelke-Petersen and Childs, from 14 and 15 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that legislation be passed to eliminate discrimination in all areas under Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Senators Primmer and Robertson, from 62 and 97 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

Senator Robertson, from 27 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to halt the mining, milling and export of Australian uranium.

Senators Coates and Giles, from 206 and 321 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the import of all seal products into Australia be banned.

Senators Teague and Walters, from 21 and 17 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that taxpayers who incur child-care expenses in order to earn income, have those expenses exempt from income tax.

Senator Scott, from 14 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reject any proposal to establish plant breeders' rights in Australia.

Senator Jessop, from 207 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Grimes, from 32 citizens of Australia praying that staff levels in the Department of Social Security be increased and that the Government rescind stand -down orders.

Senator MacGibbon, from 8 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament refrain from enacting any plant variety rights legislation, and hold a public enquiry into the impact of existing overseas plant variety rights schemes on the Australian seed industry.

Senator Lewis, from 137 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 Reid, from 22 citizens of Australia praying that laws relating to sexual offences against women be re-defined to include all forms of sexual abuse and to give greater protection to the victim.

Senator Lewis, from 60 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament not pass the Plant Variety Rights Bill.

Senator Lewis, from 59 citizens of Australia praying that a 2 1/2 per cent sales tax not be imposed on a wide range of goods previously exempt.

Senator Lewis, from 103 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament ban the import of goods made from baby seal skins.

Senator Lewis, from 70 citizens of Australia praying that immediate measures be taken to make Victoria a nuclear-free State.

Senator Grimes, from 3357 citizens of Australia praying that funds be made available to continue and extend the services provided by the Youth Accommodation Services Program, the Youth Services Program, and the Youth Services Scheme.