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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Archer, from 139 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national average weekly male earnings; remove the means and income tests for pensioner health benefits; re-introduce Medibank; and provide $200 million for State housing authorities.

Senator Mason, on behalf of Senator Chipp, from 50 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 Button, from 11 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament recognise East Timor's right to self-determination and independence, take certain action in support of that right, and enable Fretilin representatives to enter Australia.

Senator Hill, from 79 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ask the Government of the Soviet Union to release Mr Mart Niklus from a Soviet labour camp and facilitate his entry into Australia.

Senator Macklin, from 257 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any legislation introducing a loans scheme for tertiary students.

Senator McLaren, from 29 citizens of South Australia praying that the Senate ensure the immediate withdrawal of the Office of Child-Care from the Department of Social Security and the establishment of a Children's Commission.

Senator Siddons, from 52 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urgently consider granting the service pension to all ex-service personnel.

Senator Sibraa, from 16 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Chipp, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government restore the imperial system of measurement.

Senator Ryan, from 95 citizens of Australia praying that the Government make use of its constitutional and legislative powers to grant full land rights and self- management to Aboriginal people of Queensland.

Senator Button, from 146 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 McLaren, from 29 citizens of South Australia praying that the Government extend the generous terms of a Commonwealth home loan granted to a Minister to the thousands of young couples suffering undue hardship because of high interest rates.

Senator Sibraa, from 96 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 Jessop, from 105 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Haines, on behalf of Senator Harradine, from 21 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.

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Hearn, Tate, Watson and Childs, from 107, 95, 84 and 237 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national average weekly male earnings; remove the means and income tests for pensioner health benefits; re- introduce Medibank; and provide $200 million for State housing authorities.

Senators Siddons, Haines, Childs (on behalf of Senator Georges), Bolkus, McLaren and Sibraa, from 116, 161, 132, 90, 143 and 315 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 Elstob and Foreman, from 23 and 25 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure the immediate withdrawal of the Office of Child- Care from the Department of Social Security and the establishment of a Children' s Commission.

Senator Tate, from 7 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament recognise East Timor's right to self-determination and independence, take certain action in support of that right, and enable Fretilin representatives to enter Australia .

Senator Siddons, from 38 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.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by the Senator indicated and received: Senator Button, from 53 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.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Childs, from 168 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament refrain from enacting any plant variety rights legislation.

Senator Mulvihill, from 60 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 Lewis, from 84 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 Sibraa, from 31 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Reid, from 290 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.