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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Bolkus and Haines, from 20 and 60 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Macklin, from 215 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 Lewis and Withers, from 13 and 17 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 Withers, from 23 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.

Senator Archer, from 19 petitioners praying that the decision not to upgrade Wynyard Airport in Tasmania be reversed.

Senator Hearn, from 96 petitioners praying that all meat export inspection charges be suspended for 3 years.

Senators Hearn, Walters and Zakharov, from 15, 7 and 150 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 19 petitioners praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 23 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 Bjelke-Petersen, Sir John Carrick and Withers, from 534, 15 and 603 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 Watson, from 24 petitioners praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.