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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Archer, from 313 petitioners praying that the existing Australian National Flag be not changed.

Senator Chaney, from 3 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.

Senators Collard and Messner, from 96 and 309 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed except with the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Chipp, from 289 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983.

Senator Robertson, from 104 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 30 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the Joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Zakharov, from 31 petitioners praying that legislation for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises be not passed.

Senator Walters, from 240 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.