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PETITIONS

The following 13 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Chaney, Richardson and Vallentine, from 150, 164 and 105 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 Chaney, from 657 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to abandon the proposed tax on fringe benefits.

Senators Chipp and Zakharov, from 72 and 36 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senators Lewis, Missen and Zakharov, from 38, 490 and 243 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 Vigor, from 466 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 Chipp, from 44 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to take action concerning the continued abuse of human rights in East Timor and to raise that issue in the United Nations.

Senator Peter Rae, from 28 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be reconsidered and rejected.

Senator Zakharov, from 43 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.