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PETITIONS

The following 10 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Black, from 196 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 Peter Rae, from 26 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be reconsidered and rejected.

Senator Haines, from 120 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator Devlin, from 37 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.

Senators Morris and Richardson, from 1035 and 273 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 Walters, from 818 petitioners praying that the Returned Services League nominee, Mr D. W. Beresford, be appointed to the Veterans' Review Board.

Senator Short, from 16 petitioners praying that the Senate withdraw the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Peter Baume, from 1416 petitioners praying that the Senate amend Article 18 of the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Durack, from 952 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose any legislation which would disallow taxation deductions for entertainment expenses.

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

From 550 petitioners requesting the Government to construct a primary school in the Canberra suburb of MacKellar.