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PETITIONS

The following 6 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Zakharov, from 54 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Button, from 9 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 Knowles, from 66 petitioners praying that the Senate pass a motion in support of the existing Australian flag.

Senators Messner and Kilgariff, from 482 and 14 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate repeal the Labor Government's iniquitous and unfair assets test.

Senator Bolkus, from 1675 petitioners praying that the Senate reject post-secondary tuition fees and mandatory overseas student charges and that the commitment to free post-school education be reaffirmed.