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PETITIONS

The following 30 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Chipp, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 893 and 62 petitioners, praying that all members of Parliament support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1984.

Senator Chipp, from 514 petitioners praying that all Senators support the Australian Waters (Nuclear-powered Ships and Nuclear Weapons Prohibition) Bill 1984.

Senator Macklin, from 86 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 Ryan, from 29 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 Messner, from 724 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senators Durack and Townley, from 506 and 72 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass a motion in support of the existing Australian flag.

Senator Robertson, from 36 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.

Senators Chaney, Hamer, Messner and Teague, from 26, 18, 113 and 20 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Costigan Royal Commission be reactivated and provided with sufficient resources to conclude its investigations into organised crime in Australia.

Senator Teague, from 26 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to cease discrimination against residents of rest homes and to increase funding for rest homes.

Senator Robertson, from 86 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any proposed laws to recognise homosexual or de facto relationships.

Senator Macklin, from 51 petitioners praying that the Parliament recognise the widespread public opposition to plant variety rights and promote alternative means of royalty collection for plant breeders.

Senator Macklin, from 282 petitioners praying that the Federal Government provide funds to seal certain roads and provide telephone installations at the Woorabinda Aboriginal Reserve in the Duaringa Shire, Queensland.

Senator Robertson, from 546 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to restrict the viewing of certain films, video tapes and printed material.

Senator Macklin, from 26 petitioners praying that former legislation banning the entry into Australia and sale of hard-core pornographic and violent videos and publications be re-enacted.

Senators Baume, Button, Sir John Carrick, Gareth Evans, Gietzelt, Robertson, Scott and Sibraa, from 889, 19, 1369, 95, 271, 772, 20 and 413 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Watson, from 26 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Federal Government not to proceed with the proposed assets test legislation but to 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 Archer, from 39 petitioners praying that the Senate disallow certain regulations and ordinances dealing with publications and video material, 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 Macklin, from 569 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.