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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Scott, from 35 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.

Senators Baume, Crichton-Browne and Scott, from 78, 24 and 1020 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 Scott, from 17 petitioners praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Archer, from 43 petitioners praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.

Senator Baume, from 154 petitioners praying that the Senate re-instate education funding to independent schools on an equitable basis.

Senators Baume, Harradine and Scott, from 289, 2554 and 26 petitioners, respectively, praying that Federal Government per capita grants in respect of all children in non-Government schools be continued at a level not less than that prevailing in 1983.

Senator Zakharov, from 76 petitioners praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Gietzelt, from 58 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 321 petitioners praying that the Senate support the issue of postage stamps to commemorate the service of Australian Forces in certain overseas countries.

Senators Chaney, Crichton-Browne, Hamer and Scott, from 15, 17, 2 and 44 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.