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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Hill, from 27 citizens of 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 Gietzelt, from 351 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 Haines, from 107 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge all politicians to unite nationally to reduce interest rates.

Senator Gietzelt, on behalf of Senator Georges, from 190 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 Macklin, from 365 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any legislation introducing a loans scheme for tertiary students.

Senator Jones, from 852 citizens of Australia praying that the Federal Government provide funds for the immediate construction of a Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach, Queensland.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 19 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Lajovic, from 187 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 Keeffe, from 72 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 Mason, from 408 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to hold a referendum at the next Federal election 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 McLaren, from 323 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 Reid, from 35 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.

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

Senators MacGibbon, Foreman and Bolkus, from 396, 118 and 185 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 Mason, from 401 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to hold a referendum at the next Federal election on the question of whether the South West Tasmania wilderness should be preserved in its natural state with no dams being constructed.

Senator Reid, from 47 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 Walters, from 185 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by the Senator indicated and received: Senator Ryan, from 220 citizens of Australia praying that the Government provide adequate funds in the Budget to finance pre-school child care and to discourage child abuse.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Jessop, from 303 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 Childs, from 59 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 Sibraa, from 43 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Walsh, from 95 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national 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 Bolkus, from 19 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge all politicians to unite nationally to reduce interest rates.