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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Archer, from 159 petitioners praying that the existing Australian National Flag be not changed.

Senator Zakharov, from 14 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 Ryan, from 25 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 Ryan, from 14 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to restrict the viewing of certain films, video tapes and printed material.

Senator Macklin, from 131 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to ensure that no nuclear weapons are allowed into Australia, that all uranium mining cease in Australia and that the Senate urge the Government to encourage the United States and the Soviet Union to stop the nuclear arms race.

Senators Collard, Durack, Gareth Evans and Messner, from 164, 115, 19 and 1627 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed except with the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senators Chaney and Withers, from 63 and 29 petitioners, respectively, 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 Robertson and Ryan, from 58 and 41 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 Gareth Evans and Peter Rae, from 260 and 18 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, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 63 and 96 petitioners praying that all members of Parliament support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1984.

Senators Sir John Carrick and Gareth Evans, from 39 and 21 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senators Sir John Carrick, Messner, Missen and Peter Rae, from 8, 18, 32 and 10 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Costigan Royal Commission be extended to at least 31 March 1985 and that the Parliament not be dissolved until after it has received and debated the Commissioner's Report.

Senator Martin, from 30 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Federal Government to enact laws to ban the entry into Australia and sale of hard-core pornographic and violent videos and publications.

Senator Button, from 1879 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to consult fully with aircraft industry unions prior to a decision being made to purchase helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by Senator Jack Evans and received: From 5 petitioners outlining the detrimental impact of sales tax on ductwork manufacturers and contractors.

The following petition was, by leave, presented by Senator Georges, received and read: From 1 petitioner praying that the Senate permit the Hon. T. E. F. Hughes, Q.C., to address the Senate from the Bar of the Senate on matters relating to the conduct of the Select Committee on Allegations Concerning a Judge, or, alternatively, that the Senate determine certain matters concerning counsel appearing for witnesses before that Committee.

Statement, by leave: Senator Georges, by leave, made a statement relating thereto.