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The following 14 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Giles, Robertson and Walsh, from 315, 89 and 172 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 Evans and Short, from 497 and 231 petitioners, respectively, 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 Peter Rae, from 10 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be reconsidered and rejected.

Senator Richardson, from 37 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985.

Senator Vigor, from 909 petitioners praying that the further development of the Belconnen Mall, Canberra, include the development of community facilities and the retention of the present child care centre.

Senator Short, from 7 petitioners praying that laboratory experimentation upon Australian protected wildlife be prohibited.

Senator Bolkus, from 1077 petitioners praying that home loan interest rates be reduced.

Senator Jessop, from 109 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.

Senator Zakharov, from 31 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 Zakharov, from 54 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Jessop, from 55 petitioners praying that the proposed cut-back of funding for pre-school and child care services be reversed.