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PETITIONS

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

Senator McLaren, from 36 citizens of South Australia praying that the Government extend the generous terms of the Commonwealth Home Loan granted to a Minister to the thousands of young couples suffering undue hardship because of high interest rates.

Senator Lewis, from 310 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 Chipp, from 57 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 Hearn, from 61 citizens of Australia praying that the import of all seal products into Australia be banned.

Senator Teague, from 153 citizens of South Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator McLaren, from 10 citizens of South 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 Lewis, from 120 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 Hearn, from 42 citizens of Tasmania praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services.

Senator McLaren, from 13 citizens of South Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to sell Trans Australia Airlines.

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

Senators Elstob and Haines, from 124 and 106 citizens of Australia, respectively , praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Ryan, from 13 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Elstob, from 83 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 Australian seed industry.

Senators Grimes and Jessop, from 26 and 40 citizens of Australia, respectively, 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 Grimes, from 35 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.

Senators Bonner, Evans and Button, from 23, 33 and 9 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 Childs, from 16 citizens of Australia praying that the Government halt the importation of all harp seal products into Australia and call on the Canadian Government to end the harp seal hunt.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 8 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase the percentage of Australians of British, Irish and other caucasian background, and that the position of Commissioner for Community Relations be phased out.

Senator Colston, from 9 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 Colston, from 8 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse export permits covering mineral sands mined on Moreton Island.