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PETITIONS

The following 16 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Boswell, Sir John Carrick, Collard, Colston, MacGibbon and Messner, from 12, 741, 963, 1145, 1138 and 68 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 Jones, from 540 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure that no tax be imposed on health fund contributions or benefits.

Senator Kilgariff, from 5 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to give further consideration to the adverse effects of petrol price increases on the people of the Northern Territory and other isolated regions.

Senator Messner, from 8 petitioners praying that the Senate call for a withdrawal of Soviet-backed forces from central and eastern European nations and support those nations in their attempt to regain full political independence.

Senator Boswell, from 38 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to provide financial assistance to cane growers of the Isis Shire, Queensland and to take steps to ensure that exports by the Australian sugar industry are able to remain competitive on world markets.

Senator Boswell, from 367 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any attack on veterans' entitlements.

Senator Boswell, from 276 petitioners praying that the Senate not legalise the possession, sale, hire or supply of any pornographic material.

Senator McKiernan, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate support the New Zealand Government in its stand for a nuclear-free South Pacific.

Senator Messner, from 2 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Zakharov, from 13 petitioners praying that the Senate not support the passage of the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985.

Senator Tate, from 1634 petitioners praying that the Senate reject post-secondary tuition fees and mandatory overseas student charges and that the commitment to free post-school education be reaffirmed.