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PETITIONS

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

Senator Jones, from 40 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ban the importation of marine mammal by-products and support an international ban on the slaughter of any marine mammal.

Senator Jones, from 114 citizens of Australia praying that the Government substantially increase funding to the performing arts, and leave the distribution of such funds in the hands of the Australia Council.

Senator Gietzelt, on behalf of Senator Walsh, from 12 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.

Senator Jones, from 16 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate refuse export licences for uranium products from the Ben Lomond Mine, Queensland.

Senator Jones, from 70 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

The following petitions, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, were, by leave, presented by the Senators indicated and received:

Senator McLaren, from 24 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 Archer, from 827 citizens of Australia praying that radio reception in Rosebery, Tasmania, be improved.

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

Senator Jessop, from 240 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Jones, from 25 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 Chipp, from 120 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament recommend that the Victorian Interdepartmental Task Force on Woodchipping Proposals be widened to include an environmental impact statement and a study into the effects on the community.