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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator McLaren, from 133 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 Watson, from 174 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 Colston, from 84 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 Collard, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Reid, from 21 citizens of Australia praying that the Federal Government provide adequate funding to independent schools in the Australian Capital Territory, particularly to establish a third grammar school in Canberra.

Senator Mulvihill, from 127 citizens of Australia praying that a nursing home for the aged and sick be constructed in the Riverstone district, New South Wales .

Senator Hamer, from 60 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament grant the Australian Film Commission at least a fifty per cent increase in the Budget for its Creative Development Branch in the coming financial year.

Senator Bolkus, from 57 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge all politicians to unite nationally to reduce interest rates.

Senator Macklin, from 140 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament refrain from enacting any plant variety rights legislation.

Senator Reid, from 287 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that the question of ownership and control of the Fyshwick and Belconnen Markets be referred to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Jones, from 10 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator McLaren, from 35 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 Colston, from 22 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 Gietzelt, from 171 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 Ryan, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that action be taken to enable the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments to reach agreement on extending first-class rail travel in New South Wales to Australian Capital Territory resident World War I veterans.

Senator Kilgariff, from 106 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate review Australia's taxation system and initiate comprehensive taxation reforms.

Senator Jones, from 59 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 mammals.

Senator Colston, from 310 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 Jones, from 42 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 Colston, from 46 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse export permits covering mineral sands mined on Moreton Island.

Senator Bolkus, from 5975 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to immediately extend the operation of the Special Broadcasting Service Channel 0/28 to Adelaide.

Senator McLaren, from 34 citizens of South Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to sell Trans Australia Airlines.

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Coates, Bonner, Evans, Hamer, Siddons and Gietzelt, from 86, 118, 184, 173, 119 and 310 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 Harradine, from 121 citizens of Australia praying that Senate request the Minister for Foreign Affairs to raise with the USSR Foreign Minister the return of the Church of Mary Queen of Peace to the religious worshippers of Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Senators Teague and Harradine, from 88 and 253 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senators Jones, Collard and Bjelke-Petersen, from 71, 87 and 72 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.

Senator Jones, from 41 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament grant the Australian Film Commission at least a fifty per cent increase in the Budget for its Creative Development Branch in the coming financial year.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Archer, from 45 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 Archer, from 121 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 Button, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate support or initiate a Federal inquiry into proposed development in South West Tasmania, and not allow funds to be allocated for the construction of dams in that region.

Senators Archer and Sir John Carrick, from 17 and 43 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Button, from 31 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure the fullest debate and public discussion on the need for a satellite telecommunications system.

Senator Button (three), from 122, 180 and 438 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate not permit self-regulation of the media or the introduction of a satellite telecommunications system.

Senator Button (two), from 77 and 430 citizens of Australia praying that Australia Post and Telecom Australia not be handed over to private enterprise and that a satellite communications system not be given to multi-national companies.