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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Baume, Chaney, Crichton-Browne, Durack, Jack Evans, Lewis, Mason, Robertson and Sibraa, from 44, 64, 105, 386, 26, 131, 60, 35 and 463 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senators Sir John Carrick and Sibraa, each from 15 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, Boswell, Elstob and Messner, from 71, 20, 21 and 144 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senators Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Martin, Scott and Teague, from 22, 10, 13 and 5 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.

Senator Macklin, from 161 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.

Senator Baume, from 83 petitioners praying that the Senate re-instate education funding to independent schools on an equitable basis.

Senator Mason, from 41 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 Baume, from 748 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 Baume, Mason and Sibraa, from 132, 25 and 25 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.

Senators Baume, Button, Gietzelt, Robertson and Zakharov, from 25, 44, 153, 144 and 112 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Martin, from 78 petitioners praying that the Senate not support the Representation Bill 1983.

Senator Reid, from 874 petitioners praying that the Senate disallow any ordinance to authorise the establishment of a gambling casino in Canberra.

Senator Archer, from 67 petitioners praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.

Senator Chaney, from 52 petitioners praying that legislation be passed to eliminate discrimination in all areas of Commonwealth employment and in the payment of unemployment benefits.

Senator Primmer, from 33 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.