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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Ryan, from 31 petitioners 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 Bjelke-Petersen and Collard, from 187 and 138 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 Ryan, from 21 petitioners 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 Primmer, from 36 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the Joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Townley, from 17 petitioners praying that the assets test be abandoned.

Senator Ryan, from 13 petitioners 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 Archer, from 306 petitioners praying that the existing Australian National Flag be not changed.

Senator Walters, from 2249 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to restrict the viewing of certain films, video tapes and printed material.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 24 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.

Senators Collard and Townley, from 52 and 20 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed except with the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Bolkus, from 297 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to protect wild horses in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Senator Collard, from 293 petitioners praying that the Australian Capital Territory Classification of Publications Ordinance be repealed.