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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Crichton-Browne, Teague and Sibraa, from 115 , 21, 23 and 117 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senators Macklin and Haines, from 33 and 514 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 Crichton-Browne, from 31 petitioners 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 Reid, from 302 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to prevent the building of a residential development in Allens Creek in the Murrumbidgee Gorge Corridor of the Australian Capital Territory.