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PETITIONS

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

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.

Senator Zakharov, from 46 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 Vigor, from 371 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 Peter Rae, from 22 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be reconsidered and rejected.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 25 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the concessional rate of duty on old cars and car parts be maintained.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 34 petitioners praying that the Senate not legalise the possession, sale, hire or supply of any pornographic material.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 13 petitioners praying that the Senate reject certain tax proposals which are outlined in the Government's White Paper of May 1985.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 81 petitioners praying that the Senate support the introduction of a broad-based consumption tax with no exemptions to replace current sales tax legislation.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 1572 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 Chaney, from 150 petitioners 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 838 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to abandon the proposed tax on fringe benefits.

Senator Sibraa, from 8 corporations praying that the Senate request the Government to initiate policies to encourage the growth of a research-based pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Australia.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by Senator Robertson and received:

From 88 petitioners concerned about increases in fuel costs, particularly in country areas.