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PETITIONS

The following 15 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Chipp and Zakharov, from 252 and 36 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Reynolds, from 302 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 Reid, from 48 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the recommendation of the Vinson inquiry that an abortion clinic be established in Canberra.

Senator Macklin, from 11 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.

Senator Parer, from 9 petitioners praying that the Senate repeal the Labor Government's iniquitous and unfair assets test.

Senators McKiernan and Robertson, from 44 and 22 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate support the New Zealand Government in its stand for a nuclear-free South Pacific.

Senator Robertson, from 21 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 Collard, from 74 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Macklin, from 39 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 Bjelke-Petersen, from 262 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that allowances and privileges granted to homosexual and de facto partners are withdrawn and that the position of the traditional family unit in the Australian community is consolidated.

Senator Archer, from 259 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Industries Assistance Commission recommendation that no assistance be provided to the frozen pea industry and support measures which assist the industry.

Senator Brownhill, from 17 petitioners praying that the Senate protect the rights of private enterprise and reject the introduction of any inequitable additional taxes such as capital gains taxes.

Senator Mason, from 4 petitioners praying that certain claims of misconduct of legal advisors associated with the Australian Legal Aid Office be immediately investigated.