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PETITIONS

The following 24 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Ryan, from 733 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to provide for the building of a regional community centre at Dickson in the Australian Capital Territory in the 1985-86 Budget.

Senator Boswell, from 35 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the concessional rate of duty on old cars and car parts be maintained.

Senators Harradine, Hill and Richardson, from 14, 13 and 472 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate support the introduction of a broad-based consumption tax with no exemptions to replace current sales tax legislation.

Senator Peter Rae, from 1778 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to implement a fair and equitable retirement incomes policy and repeal the assets test legislation.

Senator Walters, from 244 petitioners praying that the Parliament prohibit the importation and production of hard-core pornography and that the operation of certain regulations and ordinances concerning video tapes and discs be examined.

Senators Brownhill and Robertson, from 189 and 18 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate protect the rights of private enterprise and reject the introduction of any inequitable additional taxes such as capital gains taxes.

Senators Chaney and Messner, from 36 and 29 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate repeal the Labor Government's assets test.

Senator Reid, from 289 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the recommendation of the Vinson inquiry that an abortion clinic be established in Canberra.

Senators Baume, Boswell, Brownhill, Button, Gietzelt, Harradine, Lajovic, Lewis, Reynolds, Richardson, Scott and Townley, from 596, 1160, 421, 368, 729, 349, 630, 171, 1005, 498, 339 and 90 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.