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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Archer and Coates, from 44 and 136 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.

Senator Collard, from 206 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed except with the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Collard, from 85 petitioners praying that the Federal Government take certain action with respect to radio services provided by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Queensland.

Senator Collard, from 26 petitioners 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 Primmer, from 62 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the Joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen and Gareth Evans, from 268 and 1037 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.

Senators Archer and Reid, from 40 and 158 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.

Senator Reid, from 351 petitioners praying that the Senate disallow certain amendments to the Customs Regulations and introduce legislation which adequately reflects community attitudes towards hard-core pornography.

Senator Reid, from 58 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to restrict the viewing of certain films, video tapes and printed material.

Senator Walters, from 1552 petitioners praying that laws be enacted and enforced to restrict the importation, production, possession and distribution of pornography in any form.

Senator Townley, from 29 petitioners praying that the assets test be abandoned.

Senator Reid, from 39 petitioners praying that the Federal Government intervene for the immediate release of Archbishop Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan of Saigon.

Senator Collard, from 65 petitioners praying that the Federal Government provide funds to seal certain roads and provide telephone installations at the Woorabinda Aboriginal Reserve in the Duaringa Shire, Queensland.

Senator Collard, from 311 petitioners praying that the Senate prevent the introduction of X-rated video films which are harmful and degrading to certain members of Australian society.