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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Baume, Childs, Gietzelt, Richardson and Scott, from 101, 6, 80, 33 and 19 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Elstob and Harradine, from 16, 28 and 70 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senator Scott, from 102 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 Baume, Macklin, Richardson and Scott, from 62, 40, 21 and 39 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Baume, from 27 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 Macklin, from 118 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 Macklin, from 45 petitioners praying that the Federal Government undertake a review of tertiary residential college accommodation and that the full subsidy for such accommodation be restored.

Senator Macklin, from 1168 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Federal Government to avoid discrimination against the residents of Queensland under the Medicare scheme.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 38 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 Harradine, from 14 petitioners praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.