Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document

PETITIONS

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

Senator Jones, on behalf of Senator Mulvihill, from 668 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 Bjelke-Petersen, from 29 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

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

Senators Teague and Elstob, from 80 and 51 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

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

Senators Sir John Carrick, Jessop, Lewis, Chaney and McClelland, from 125, 209, 125, 110 and 128 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.

Senators Gietzelt, Messner, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Scott and McClelland, from 25, 78, 20, 13 and 74 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senators Martin and MacGibbon, from 59 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.

Senators Grimes and Giles, from 463 and 45 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the base pension be increased to thirty per cent of average weekly earnings and be indexed thereafter.

Senator Jessop, from 20 citizens of Australia praying that the amount of income allowed to be earned by pensioners, before fringe benefits are cut off or pension is reduced, be increased.

Senator Harradine, from 34 citizens of Australia praying that taxpayers who incur child-care expenses in order to earn income have those expenses exempted from income tax.

Senator Harradine, 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 Walters, from 44 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.