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PETITIONS

The following 11 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Knowles, from 12 petitioners praying that the assets test be repealed.

Senator Haines, from 184 petitioners 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.

Senators Colston and Jones, from 4638 and 699 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure that no tax be imposed on health fund contributions or benefits.

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.

Senator Robertson, from 14 petitioners praying that the Oath of Allegiance be not changed.

Senators Childs, Colston and Jones, from 2424, 1016 and 937 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 5 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to raise the tax threshold, increase permissible income and pensions, provide pensions on an individual basis and oppose the introduction of a broad-based indirect tax.

Senator Hill, from 12 petitioners praying that the Senate call for a withdrawal of Soviet-backed forces from the central and eastern European nations and support those nations in their attempt to regain full political independence.