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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Sir John Carrick, 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.

Senator Collard, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 36 and 31 petitioners, praying that the Oath of Allegiance be not changed.

Senators Chaney, Collard, Durack, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Scott, Teague and Withers, from 46, 25, 11, 22, 39, 15, and 20 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.

Senators Button, Grimes, Ryan, Scott, Sibraa and Zakharov, from 36, 42, 762, 75, 57 and 40 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Ryan, from 5 petitioners praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be ratified.

Senator Ryan, from 46 petitioners praying that the Senate take certain action to improve funding and services to the post-school education sector.

Senators Colston, Jones, Scott, Sibraa, Walsh and Zakharov, from 19, 20, 19, 65, 63 and 87 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Withers, from 15 petitioners praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senator Zakharov, from 353 petitioners praying that the pricing structure for liquefied petroleum gas in Victoria be reviewed.

Senator Chipp, from 14 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Federal Government to hold a constitutional referendum to increase the Commonwealth's powers relating to environment protection.

Senator Scott, from 28 petitioners praying that the Federal Government review its intention to tax Friendly Societies.

Senator Grimes, from 130 petitioners praying that benefits be payable to all young unemployed people who have left school and that the adult benefit rate be paid to those unemployed between the ages of 16 and 18 years.

Senator Messner, from 34 petitioners praying that citizens living in remote areas of Australia not be discriminated against by increased telephone charges under Telecom Australia's ''Countrywide Calling'' system.

Senator Ryan, from 137 petitioners praying that the Federal Government undertake a review of tertiary student residential college accommodation and that the full subsidy for such accommodation be restored.

Senator Macklin, from 111 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 Teague, from 37 petitioners praying that the Senate establish a Select Committee to inquire into and report on the effect of the removal of tax exemption from Defence Force Reserves pay before the policy is implemented.

Senator Sibraa, from 125 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Federal Government to reverse Telecom Australia's proposed decision to close the Manual Assistance Centre at Parkes, New South Wales, until an inquiry into this service is undertaken.

Senator Primmer, from 12 petitioners praying that a Parliamentary Committee investigate allegations of corruption and improper conduct by officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Senator Primmer, from 16 petitioners praying that all charges against Mr Don Witheford, an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs, be dropped and that he be immediately re-instated to his former position.