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PETITIONS

The following 8 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Richardson, from 22 petitioners praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Robertson, from 12 petitioners praying that the Parliament prohibit the importation and production of hard-core pornography and that the operation of certain regulations and ordinances concerning video tapes and discs be examined.

Senator Sibraa, from 120 petitioners praying that no further action be taken towards self-government in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) until after the holding of a referendum of voters of the ACT.

Senator Richardson, from 182 petitioners praying that action be taken to close all United States bases in Australia.

Senators Archer and Richardson, from 19 and 60 petitioners, respectively, 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 Bjelke-Petersen, from 22 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.

Senator Robertson, from 20 petitioners praying that the Senate reverse any decision which commits Australia to participate in the testing of MX Peacemaker missiles, and ensure that Australia's commitment to a nuclear-free zone in the South Pacific be maintained.