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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 2733 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that family allowances are increased in the 1982 Budget to amounts equal to their 1976 real value, that such allowances are indexed thereafter, and that a homemakers' allowance is introduced.

Senator Colston, from 15 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 Bolkus, from 3114 citizens of South Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to immediately extend the operations of the Special Broadcasting Service's Channel 0/28 to Adelaide.

Senator Hearn, from 46 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 McLaren, from 20 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 416 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 Tate, from 55 citizens of Australia praying that the Government, in consultation with the States, prohibit commercial dealing in, and exporting of, domestic cat and dog skins.

Senator Mason, from 174 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.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Collard and MacGibbon, from 62 and 60 citizens of Australia, respectively, 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.