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The following petitions, lodged with the Acting Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Hearn, Sibraa and Zakharov, from 91, 82 and 59 petitioners, respectively, 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 Ryan, from 23 petitioners praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Jack Evans, from 17 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose the amendments to the Customs Regulations allowing the importation of material which portrays matter of a sexual nature.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 23 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.