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The following 3 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Messner, from 72 petitioners praying that the Senate repeal the Labor Government's assets test.

Senator Walters, from 465 petitioners praying that the Senate reject recommendations concerning the funding of private schools, declare a 3-year moratorium on increases in such funding and reaffirm support for government schools.

Senator Ryan, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate support full military co-operation between Australia and the United States for the defence security of the Australian Commonwealth.