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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Archer, Hamer, Messner, Peter Rae and Scott, from 18, 15, 53, 11 and 34 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.

Senators Baume, Sir John Carrick, Collard and Robertson, from 115, 171, 19 and 45 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senators Collard and MacGibbon, from 97 and 17 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed except with the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Zakharov, from 36 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the Hanover Centre in Carlton, Victoria, remains open.

Senators MacGibbon and Robertson, from 332 and 44 petitioners, respectively, praying that former legislation banning the entry into Australia and sale of hard-core pornographic and violent videos and publications be re-enacted.

Senator Chipp, from 97 petitioners praying that all Senators support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Bill 1984.

Senator Chipp, from 81 petitioners praying that all Senators support the Australian Waters (Nuclear-powered Ships and Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions) Bill 1984.

Senator Robertson, from 10 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 Robertson, from 31 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to cease discrimination against residents of rest homes and to increase funding for rest homes.

Senator Macklin, from 311 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.

Senator Reid, from 316 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 Macklin, from 482 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.

Senator Walters, from 184 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Prime Minister to fulfil certain promises to the ethnic communities.