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PETITIONS

The following 67 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Zakharov, from 22 petitioners praying that legislation for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises be not passed.

Senator Boswell, from 22 petitioners praying that the existing Australian National Flag be not changed.

Senators Archer, Boswell, Elstob, Foreman, Haines, Hill, Reid, Robertson, Sibraa, Sanders, Tate, Walters and Watson, from 314, 15, 101, 96, 133, 30, 45, 845, 576, 276, 255, 218 and 273 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.

Senators Chipp, Evans, Hamer, Missen and Zakharov, from 456, 451, 611, 453 and 426 petitioners, respectively, praying that the freeze imposed on nursing home benefits be lifted.

Senator Robertson, from 286 petitioners praying that the Senate not legalise the possession, sale, hire or supply of any pornographic material.

Senator Robertson, from 675 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senators Robertson and Ryan, from 248 and 10 petitioners, respectively, praying that staffing cuts in Australian Capital Territory government schools and TAFE colleges be not implemented.

Senator Robertson, from 101 petitioners praying that laboratory experimentation upon Australian protected wildlife be prohibited.

Senator Sibraa, from 53 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to delay the implementation of cuts to veterans' entitlements until the 1985 Budget session.

Senators Reid and Robertson, from 10 and 48 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate support full military co-operation between Australia and the United States for the defence security of the Australian Commonwealth.

Senator Robertson, from 24 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to remain consistent in its obligations to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and take action to prevent the operation of legalised brothels in Victoria.

Senator Missen, from 111 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to redirect foreign aid away from the Ethiopian Government towards the peoples of Tigre and Eritrea.

Senator McKiernan, from 22 petitioners praying that the Senate support the New Zealand Government in its stand for a nuclear-free South Pacific.

Senator Reid, from 48 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the recommendation of the Vinson inquiry that an abortion clinic be established in Canberra.

Senators Chipp and Zakharov, each from 90 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Brownhill, from 38 petitioners praying that measures be taken to develop a fair and equitable taxation system.

Senator Brownhill, from 96 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 22 petitioners praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senators Boswell and Sanders, from 817 and 142 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate oppose any sections of the proposed Veterans' Entitlements Bill which would have the effect of reducing veterans' benefits, including that which seeks to change the onus of proof.

Senator Boswell, from 5 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the concessional rate of duty on old cars and car parts be maintained.

Senators Boswell, Collard and Reynolds, from 2300, 667 and 1917 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate take action to provide financial assistance to cane growers of certain Queensland shires and to take steps to ensure that exports by the Australian sugar industry are able to remain competitive on world markets.

Senators Chaney and Robertson, from 12 539 and 30 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate take steps to ensure continuance of favourable import concessions for parts for vehicles which are more than 30 years old.

Senators Robertson and Short, from 24 and 19 313 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate not support the passage of the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985.

Senators Bolkus, Elstob, Foreman, Haines, Robertson, Sibraa and Vanstone, from 75, 164, 99, 201, 743, 164 and 137 petitioners, respectively, praying that the proposed cut-back of funding for pre-school and child care services be reversed.

Senator Boswell, from 96 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any attack on veterans' entitlements.

Senator Robertson, from 485 petitioners praying that the Senate reverse the decision not to provide child care facilities at the National Library of Australia.

Senators Chaney and Durack, from 165 and 12 petitioners, respectively, praying that the assets test be repealed.

Senators Bolkus, Elstob, Foreman, Haines, Hill, Maguire, Teague, Vanstone and Vigor, from 222, 260, 262, 312, 316, 266, 247, 264 and 115 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to restore the review of the nursing home benefit rates in November 1985, provide nursing home care concessions for pensioner patients and to resolve its concerns over health care costs with the South Australian Government.