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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Chipp, from 7 269 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that retail trading hours in the Australian Capital Territory are not deregulated.

Senator Giles, from 250 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the Social Security Act to reduce the age of eligibility for a Class B widow's pension from 50 to 40 years, expand training schemes to include women taken off supporting parent's benefit and provide rehabilitation for women unable to enter the workforce due to disabilities.

Senator Lajovic, from 62 citizens of Australia praying that the Government protest to the Yugoslav Government at the persecution of the Serbian population of the Kosovo region and request that freedom to practice the Orthodox religion in Yugoslavia be guaranteed.

Senator Macklin, from 146 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate legislate to prevent the construction of a uranium enrichment plant in South East Queensland, and reject all applications for the export of products from and foreign investment in uranium enrichment plants.

Senator McLaren (on behalf of Senator Bolkus), from 20 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge all politicians to unite nationally to reduce interest rates.

Senator Martyr (on behalf of Senator Reid), from 2 360 citizens of Australia praying that the Australian Capital Territory Schools Authority support neighbourhood schools and the retention of Watson High School.

Senator Haines, from 50 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament urge the Government to establish a Royal Commission to investigate the effects on Vietnam veterans of the use of toxic chemicals in the Vietnam war.

Senator Macklin (on behalf of Senator Chipp), from 644 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 Walsh, from 93 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take steps to implement the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament relating to disclosure of pecuniary interests.

Senator McLaren, from 34 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 Walters, from 25 citizens of Australia praying that the Defence Service Homes Act be amended to enable all ex-servicewomen who served Australia during World War II to qualify for Defence Service Homes Loans.

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Bolkus, Macklin (on behalf of Senator Chipp), Giles, Macklin, Coates ( on behalf of Senator Colston), Sibraa and Hearn, from 17, 53, 17, 51, 20, 18 and 32 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Parliament urge the Government to establish a Royal Commission to investigate the effects on Vietnam veterans of the use of toxic chemicals in the Vietnam war.

Senators Martyr, Haines, Macklin and Siddons, from 216, 920, 7 950 and 7 332 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that retail trading hours in the Australian Capital Territory are not deregulated.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Teague, from 29 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ensure that subsidized child day-care centres receive improved funding.

Senator Childs, from 17 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament urge the Government to establish a Royal Commission to investigate the effects on Vietnam veterans of the use of toxic chemicals in the Vietnam war.

Senator Haines, from 72 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge all politicians to unite nationally to reduce interest rates.

Senator Sir John Carrick, 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 Martin, from 20 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ensure the maintenance of an efficient, effective public telegram service.

Senator Ryan, from 32 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.