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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Ryan, from 271 petitioners praying that action be taken with regard to the removal of asbestos at Narrabundah College, A.C.T.

Senator Mason, from 242 petitioners praying that the Senate make no alteration to the Medical Benefits Schedule with regard to abortions and seek to give women a freedom of choice either to have or not have an abortion.

Senator Walters, from 29 petitioners praying that the Senate amend the Commonwealth Public Service Act to safeguard returned servicemen from dismissal from the Service on medical grounds as a result of their military service.

Senator Mason, from 20 petitioners 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 Mason, from 13 petitioners praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

Senator Messner, from 252 petitioners praying that the tax on fortified wine be either withdrawn or modified in its method of application and collection.

Senators Mason and Richardson, from 211 and 2 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Mason, from 194 petitioners praying that the proposal to build an airport in the North-Western region of Sydney, commonly called Scheyville, be rejected and that the findings of the MANS Committee be endorsed.

Senator Mason, from 7 petitioners praying that the Defence Service Homes Act be amended to enable all ex-service women who served Australia in World War II to qualify for Defence Service Home Loans.