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PETITIONS

The following 7 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Baume, Sir John Carrick, Robertson and Walters, from 101, 115, 27 and 173 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

Senator Robertson, from 78 petitioners praying that the Senate not legalise the possession, sale, hire or supply of any pornographic material.

Senator Mason, from 12 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 Zakharov, from 36 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.