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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Robertson and Walters, from 21 and 299 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate take action to restrict the viewing of certain films, video tapes and printed material.

Senator Macklin, from 298 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983.

Senator Mason, from 39 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Federal Government to hold a constitutional referendum to increase the Commonwealth's powers relating to environment protection.

Senator Archer, from 291 petitioners praying that the existing Australian National Flag be not changed.

Senator Robertson, from 16 petitioners praying that the Senate pass a motion in support of the existing Australian flag.

Senator Missen, from 13 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.

Senator Ryan, from 41 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 Collard, from 127 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed except with the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Collard, from 25 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 Ryan, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate and the Government re-affirm their obligation to support and fund government schools.