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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Coates and Walters, from 66 and 144 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate make certain amendments to the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 and ensure that a conscience vote on the Bill is permitted to all members of Parliament.

Senator Robertson, from 118 petitioners praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Ryan, from 51 petitioners praying that Government funding of Youth Forum be ensured.

Senator Baume, from 131 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.

Senators Giles and Ryan, from 5 and 13 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be ratified.

Senator Baume, from 181 petitioners praying that the TEAS allowance be increased to and maintained at the same level as the single unemployment benefit.

Senator Ryan, from 5 petitioners praying that children from non-Government schools receive an equitable share of Government funds for education.

Senator Macklin, from 231 petitioners praying that the Senate abolish the withholding tax.

Senator Hamer, from 43 petitioners praying that the proposed taxation of the Defence Force Reserves pay be not introduced.

Senator Messner, from 61 petitioners praying that the tax on fortified wine either be withdrawn or modified in its method of application and collection.

Senator Button, from 11 petitioners praying that additional funding be granted to the Adult Migrant Education Service to enable temporary salaried and full-time sessional teachers to obtain permanency.

Senator Macklin, from 733 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to ensure that no nuclear weapons are allowed into Australia, that all uranium mining cease in Australia and that the Senate urge the Government to encourage the United States and the Soviet Union to stop the nuclear arms race.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Button, Chipp, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Lewis, Missen, Primmer, Robertson and Zakharov, from 16, 769, 165, 159, 145, 190, 173, 157 and 644 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill to prevent it from being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.