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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Durack and Withers, from 1064 and 555 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass a motion in support of the existing Australian flag.

Senators Archer, Grimes, Hill, Messner, Robertson and Withers, from 21, 86, 198, 324, 22 and 96 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate urge the Federal Government not to proceed with the proposed assets test legislation but await the report on retirement income systems of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare with a view to achieving a fair and equitable retirement incomes policy.

Senator Macklin, from 51 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to prevent the construction of a uranium enrichment plant in South-East Queensland and reject all applications for the export of products from, and foreign investment in, uranium enrichment plants.

Senator Macklin, from 123 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 Hearn, from 31 petitioners praying that the Federal Government urgently submit to the United Nations a proposal that member nations cut spending on defence and support increased funding for international aid organisations.

Senators Archer, Chaney, Coates, Gareth Evans, Grimes, Harradine, Peter Rae and Watson, from 56, 16, 10, 103, 28, 227, 19 and 23 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate disallow certain regulations and ordinances dealing with publications and video materials, that action be taken to enforce existing laws, that further measures be taken in association with the States and that the censors more appropriately reflect reasonable and responsible community attitudes.

Senators Chipp, Primmer and Zakharov, from 442, 71 and 64 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate legislate to close the Joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Zakharov, from 84 petitioners praying that certain action be taken to improve funding and services to the post-school education sector.

Senators Archer, Button and Chipp, from 22, 146 and 51 petitioners, respectively, 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.

Senators Grimes and Ryan, from 22 and 10 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reverse the Government's decision not to provide child care facilities at the National Library of Australia.

Senator Scott, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Chaney, from 16 petitioners praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senator Walters, from 879 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to restrict the viewing of certain films, video tapes and printed material.

Senator Boswell, from 25 petitioners praying that laws be enacted and enforced to restrict the importation, production, possession and distribution of pornography in any form.

Senators Bolkus, Colston, Grimes, Robertson, Ryan and Zakharov, from 539, 28, 23, 11, 934 and 28 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate and the Government reject recommendations concerning the funding of private schools, declare a 3 year moratorium on increases in such funding and re-affirm support for Government schools.

Senators Chaney and Ryan, from 11 and 643 petitioners, respectively, praying that a conscience vote be permitted to all members of Parliament on issues relating to the prevention of the importation and sale of hard-core pornography.

Senator Chipp, from 143 petitioners praying that all members of Parliament support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1984.

Senator Walters, from 927 petitioners praying that the Government honour its obligation to protect Australia's children by reversing its decision to remove barriers to the importation of hard-core pornography.

Senator Messner, from 578 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed except with the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Boswell, from 61 petitioners praying that a Bill of Rights include provisions that protect life before and after death; that customs regulations allowing the introduction of pornographic material be repealed; and that provisions for de facto relationships be disallowed.