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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Robertson, from 71 petitioners praying that consideration be given to a separate asset/income test and increased financial limits for invalid/handicapped pensioners.

Senator Martin, from 294 petitioners praying that the Senate not support the Representation Bill 1983.

Senator Ryan, from 8 petitioners praying that an inquiry into the Australian Capital Territory rating system be initiated.

Senators Coates, Robertson, Ryan and Zakharov, from 42, 34, 76 and 507 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senators Baume, Scott and Sibraa, from 681, 11 and 24 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 Archer, Walters and Watson, from 14, 147 and 42 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.

Senators Baume, Bjelke-Petersen, Boswell and Robertson, from 30, 370, 335 and 4 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senators Baume, Bjelke-Petersen and Robertson, from 12, 5 and 181 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 Robert Ray, from 126 petitioners praying that Australian citizens who receive welfare benefits be given full support from the Commonwealth.

Senators Archer and Lewis, from 14 and 11 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 Lewis, from 96 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 Chipp, from 22 petitioners praying that action be taken to halt the mining, milling and export of Australian uranium.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Jack Evans, Foreman, Maguire and Robertson, from 79, 21, 20, 20 and 42 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Ryan, from 28 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure action is taken regarding student college accommodation and in particular that the subsidy for accommodation be restored to its former level.

Senators Coates and Scott, from 279 and 668 petitioners, respectively, praying that all meat export inspection charges be suspended for 3 years.

Senator Ryan, from 41 petitioners praying that action be taken to secure the release of Mr Tatarenko, a prisoner of conscience in the Soviet Union.