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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Cook, from 212 petitioners praying that the requirement for a declaration to be completed by pensioner and health-care card holders be immediately abolished.

Senator Jones, from 104 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 for 1982-83.

Senators Robertson, Kilgariff (on behalf of Senator Archer), Bjelke-Petersen, Walters, Tate, Boswell and Collard, from 412, 153, 75, 82, 80, 5424 and 21 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 133 petitioners praying that the Senate support the issue of postage stamps to commemorate the services of the Australian Forces in Korea and Vietnam.

Senator Tate, from 37 petitioners 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.