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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Tate, from 123 petitioners praying that meat export inspection charges be suspended for 3 years.

Senator Chaney, from 1016 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 Archer, from 19 petitioners praying that the decision not to upgrade Wynyard Airport in Tasmania be reversed.

Senators Ryan, Tate and Zakharov, from 88, 60 and 54 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Collard, Harradine and Scott, from 450, 265, 256 and 216 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 Collard, from 13 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.

Senators Boswell and Collard, from 221 and 56 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian Cadet Corps be not reorganised.

Senator Zakharov, from 54 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.

Senator Harradine, from 31 petitioners 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 Harradine, from 27 petitioners praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.