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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Siddons, from 3540 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate call on the Government to halt the closure of manual assistance telephone exchanges pending a parliamentary inquiry.

Senator McLaren, from 21 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 Mason, from 20 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 Sibraa, from 134 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 Chipp, from 106 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 Bjelke-Petersen, from 60 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge the Government to increase funding to the University of Queensland to enable library facilities to be restored to their former level.

Senator Walsh, from 17 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 Chipp, from 28 citizens of Australia praying that the Government restore the Imperial system of measurement.

Senator Jones, from 29 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.

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Mason, from 33 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 Gietzelt, on behalf of Senator Keeffe, and Senator Jones, each from 60 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge the Government to increase funding to the University of Queensland to enable library facilities to be restored to their former level.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Ryan, from 45 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate extend to the unemployed benefits for pharmaceutical, optical and other entitlements under the Health Care Card system.

Senator Colston, from 9 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 Jessop, from 45 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ensure that all home blood glucose monitoring equipment is subsidised through the health fund system.

Senator Primmer, from 60 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 Jessop, from 77 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Bonner, from 60 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge the Government to increase funding to the University of Queensland to enable library facilities to be restored to their former level.

Senator Jessop, from 37 citizens of Australia 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 Jessop, from 17 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament confer State-like self-government on the Australian Capital Territory.