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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Boswell, Collard and Jessop, from 11, 29, 30 and 37 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Local Government (Personal Income Tax Sharing) Act 1976 be amended to provide a minimum guarantee to local government general revenue sharing arrangements.

Senators Chaney, Childs, Chipp, Jack Evans, Mason and Richardson, from 90, 36, 41, 100, 156 and 90 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it from being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senator Macklin, from 1076 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 Childs, Mason and Zakharov, from 50, 32 and 79 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Gareth Evans, from 28 petitioners 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 Mason, from 53 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to communicate to the Government of the USSR the wish of the petitioners that the Church of Mary Queen of Peace be restored to the Catholics of Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Senator Watson, from 37 petitioners praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.