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PETITIONS

The following 23 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Sir John Carrick, Harradine, Puplick and Richardson, from 229, 466, 294 and 185 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 Missen and Vallentine, from 22 and 12 petitioners, respectively, praying that the protection of Australian historical and environmental assets be a subject for a referendum.

Senators Peter Baume and Sir John Carrick, from 59 and 27 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Coates, from 17 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 51 petitioners praying that the assets test be repealed.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

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

Senator Button, from 43 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the protection of the Otway forests in Victoria and refuse any licence to export woodchips from the Otways.

Senator Button, from 56 petitioners praying that the proposed cut-back of funding for pre-school and child care services be reversed.

Senator Button, from 57 petitioners praying that no further action be taken towards self-government in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) until after the holding of a referendum of voters of the ACT.

Senators Cook and Kilgariff, from 58 and 60 petitioners, respectively, 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 Chipp, from 88 petitioners praying that the Senate support Senator Chipp's various legislative measures dealing with the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Senator Vigor, from 341 petitioners praying that the further development of the Belconnen Mall, Canberra, include development of community facilities and the retention of the present child care centre.

Senator Kilgariff, from 1783 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure that no tax be imposed on health fund contributions or benefits.

Senator Kilgariff, from 31 petitioners praying that the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 be amended to restore Aboriginal land holders to a position which is similar to other land holders.

Senator Chipp, from 341 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Child Care Amendment Bill 1985.

Senator Vallentine, from 18 petitioners praying that no new uranium mines be commenced in Australia and present mining contracts cease on fulfilment.