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PETITIONS

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

Senator Macklin, from 14 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 9 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, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Chipp and Childs, from 63 and 31 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.

Senators Bolkus, McLaren, Foreman and Messner, from 177, 109, 88 and 53 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Mulvihill, from 79 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to communicate to the Government of the U.S.S.R. the wish of the petitioners that the Church of Mary Queen of Peace be restored to the Catholics of Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Senator Harradine, from 277 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.