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PETITIONS

The following 6 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Kilgariff and Messner, from 27 and 220 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate repeal the Labor Government's iniquitous and unfair assets test.

Senator Zakharov, from 35 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 Reynolds, from 37 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.

Senator Chipp, from 20 petitioners praying that the Parliament consider the desirability of replacing indirect taxes with a land value tax in order to stimulate Australia's economy.

Senator Button, from 219 petitioners praying that post-secondary tuition fees and any form of the user-pays principle in education not be introduced, that student financial assistance be increased and that visa charges on private overseas students be removed.