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The following 6 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Macklin, from 179 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 Macklin, from 113 petitioners praying that the Parliament recognise the widespread public opposition to plant variety rights and promote alternative means of royalty collection for plant breeders.

Senator Collard, from 60 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Messner, from 238 petitioners praying that the Senate pass the Social Security and Repatriation (Abolition of Assets Test) Bill 1985 [No. 2].

Senator Brownhill, from 831 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 Brownhill, from 14 petitioners praying that measures be taken to develop a fair and equitable taxation system.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by Senator Sir John Carrick and received: From 342 petitioners praying that the existing Australian National Flag be not changed.