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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Colston, Childs, Elstob, McLaren, Robertson, Ryan, Evans, Giles, Chipp and Primmer, from 21, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 15, 34 and 65 petitioners, 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.

Senator McLaren, from 24 petitioners praying that the generous terms of a Commonwealth home loan granted to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Anthony, be granted to the thousands of home buyers suffering undue hardship because of high interest rates.

Senator Reid, from 38 petitioners 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 Button and Grimes, from 59 and 7 petitioners, respectively, praying that the maintenance of an efficient, effective public telegram service be ensured.

Senator Walters, from 247 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government not to override the decision of the Tasmanian Parliament to construct a new power scheme in South West Tasmania.

Senators Robert Ray and Evans, from 23 and 33 petitioners, respectively, praying that employees not be retrenched from the Australian aircraft manufacturing industry until Parliament has considered the findings of the Joint Committee inquiry into the industry.

Senator Jones, from 1159 petitioners praying that $8 million be allocated in the 1983-84 budget for the preservation of Australia's heritage and that there be a supplementary allocation of $800 000 in the 1982-83 budget.