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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Collard, Crichton-Browne, Lewis and Robertson, from 23, 37, 9 and 16 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Local Government (Personal Income Tax Sharing) Act 1976 be amended to provide a minimum guarantee for local government general revenue sharing arrangements.

Senators Haines, Macklin and Robert Ray, from 41, 21 and 38 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Macklin, from 70 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 Robertson, from 147 petitioners praying that the Federal Government review its intention to tax Friendly Societies.

Senators Childs, Missen and Robertson, from 49, 3 and 180 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Robertson, from 8 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 Robert Ray, from 46 petitioners praying that the National Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation be commissioned to conduct a nation-wide study on sexual discrimination, and that legislation be introduced to outlaw sexual discrimination based on the results of that study.

Senator Harradine, from 389 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 Harradine, from 71 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 Crichton-Browne, from 114 petitioners praying that the Senate support the issue of postage stamps to commemorate the service of the Australian Forces in certain overseas countries.

Senator Robert Ray, from 201 petitioners praying that Australian citizens who receive welfare benefits be given full support from the Commonwealth.

Senator Sibraa, from 206 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 the service is undertaken.

Senator Collard, from 28 petitioners praying that the reference to God and the Queen in the Oath of Allegiance in the Australian Citizenship Act be not changed.

Senator Macklin, from 532 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Federal Government to avoid discrimination against the residents of Queensland under the Medicare scheme.