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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Jones, from 5423 petitioners praying that a Senate Select Committee on Nuclear Disarmament and Peace be established to investigate the creation of a Ministry of Peace and Nuclear Disarmament.

Senators Jones, Robertson and Zakharov, from 29, 196 and 16 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 Archer, Harradine and Robertson, from 32, 198 and 60 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 Chipp, from 88 petitioners praying that all members of Parliament support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1984.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen and Gareth Evans, from 414 and 33 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 Robertson, from 8 petitioners praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding government and non-government school funding.

Senators Primmer and Zakharov, from 72 and 43 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate legislate to close the Joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Townley, from 19 petitioners praying that the assets test be abandoned.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 129 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 Zakharov, from 46 petitioners praying that the Senate take certain action to improve funding and services to the post-school education sector.

Senator Walters, from 1458 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 Gareth Evans, from 19 petitioners praying that the Government introduce or amend legislation to control the availability of video cassettes and prohibit the concept of X-rated video cassettes.

Senator Harradine, from 142 petitioners praying that the Federal Government take action to support civil, political and human rights in the Polish Peoples' Republic.

Senator Chipp, from 14 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.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by Senator Haines and received: From 313 petitioners protesting against the needless slaughter of wild horses in Queensland and the Northern Territory.