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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Jack Evans, from 20 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Sir John Carrick, Durack and Robertson, from 437, 75, 510 and 26 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 Chipp, from 158 petitioners praying that no further action be taken towards self-government in the Australian Capital Territory until after the publication of the findings of the Commonwealth Grants Commission Inquiry and the holding of a referendum of voters of the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 13 petitioners praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senators Archer and Watson, from 42 and 25 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.

Senator Durack, from 26 petitioners 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.