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PETITIONS

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

Senator Macklin, from 50 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any legislation introducing a loans scheme for tertiary students.

Senator Sibraa (on behalf of Senator Evans), from 596 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 Martyr, from 21 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator McLaren, from 27 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 Macklin, 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 Reid, from 37 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 Mason, from 670 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to hold a referendum at the next Federal elections on the question that the entire Great Barrier Reef region be immediately declared a marine park under the provisions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.

Senator Reid, from 26 citizens of Australia praying that the Federal Government provide adequate funding for independent schools in the Australian Capital Territory, particularly to establish a third grammar school in Canberra.

Senator Mason, from 649 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to hold a referendum at the next Federal elections on the question of whether the South West Tasmania wilderness should be preserved in its natural state with no dams being constructed.

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

Senators Button, Macklin (on behalf of Senator Chipp) and Hamer, from 128, 140 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.

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

Senator Peter Baume, from 24 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Jessop, from 132 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 Peter Baume, from 43 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 197 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.