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PETITIONS

The following 19 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Walters, from 1028 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to restrict the viewing of certain films, video tapes and printed material.

Senators Archer, Reid and Robertson, from 19, 55 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 Robertson, 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 Reid and Robertson, from 43 and 19 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Reid, from 115 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senators Jessop, MacGibbon, Robert Ray and Reid, from 14, 7, 18 and 13 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 Robert Ray, from 36 petitioners praying that the Commonwealth Government increase funding and facilities for technical and further education colleges.

Senators Sir John Carrick and Jessop, from 26 and 23 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Giles, from 11 petitioners praying that the mining and export of uranium in Australia cease.

Senator Zakharov, from 26 petitioners praying that the Senate 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 38 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 Robertson, from 112 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to honour its obligation to protect Australia's children by reversing its decision to remove barriers to the importation of hard-core pornography.