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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Acting Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Macklin, from 497 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to ensure that no nuclear weapons are allowed into 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 849 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Federal Government to avoid discrimination against the residents of Queensland under the Medicare scheme.

Senator Baume, from 10 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.

Senators Childs and Robertson, from 7 and 11 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

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

Senator Robertson, from 97 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to ban the export of kangaroo products.

Senator Robertson, from 9 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 Crichton-Browne, from 42 petitioners praying that the Federal Government abolish the requirement for pensioners and health care cardholders to complete declarations for pharmaceutical prescriptions.