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PETITIONS

The following 22 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Archer, Button, Chipp, Coates, Cooney, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Hamer, Lajovic, Mason, Missen, Primmer, Robert Ray, Scott, Townley and Watson, from 92, 904, 857, 147, 956, 956, 935, 474, 167, 836, 995, 961, 127, 112 and 187 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 Missen, from 6 corporations praying that the Senate request the Government to initiate policies to encourage the growth of a research-based pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Australia.

Senator Robert Ray, from 16 petitioners praying that the Costigan Royal Commission be reactivated and provided with sufficient resources to conclude its investigations into organised crime in Australia.

Senator Georges, from 231 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reaffirm a commitment to provide students from developing countries with access to Australia's education and training resources and to formulate a consistent and considerate overseas students policy.

Senator Reid, from 138 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator Reid, from 73 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the recommendation of the Vinson inquiry that an abortion clinic be established in Canberra.

Senators Cooney and Zakharov, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 11 and 38 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government not to increase indirect taxation.