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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Macklin, from 2874 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Federal Government to avoid discrimination against the residents of Queensland under the Medicare scheme.

Senators Robertson and Scott, from 12 and 4 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senators Durack and Robertson, from 38 and 30 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass a motion in support of the existing Australian flag.

Senator Robertson, from 12 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 Withers, from 88 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 Robertson, from 66 petitioners praying that the Federal Government review its intention to tax Friendly Societies.

Senator Durack, from 179 petitioners praying that the Senate not legalise the sale, hire or supply of certain video materials allowed by the Australian Capital Territory Classification of Publications Ordinance.

Senators Missen and Withers, from 48 and 23 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate urge the Federal Government to take certain action with respect to a retirement income policy and not proceed with the proposed assets test legislation.

Senator Ryan, from 2258 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the traffic link between Coronation Drive and Kaye Place, Yarralumla, be not closed.

Senator Scott, from 6 petitioners 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.

Senator Colston, from 7 petitioners praying that the proposed assets test be rejected and that the Government take certain action with respect to a National Superannuation Scheme and indexation of pensions.

Senator Tate, from 65 petitioners praying that the Senate disallow certain statutory rules and ordinances dealing with video materials and publications and that action be taken to enforce existing censorship laws.