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PETITIONS

The following 34 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Robertson, from 185 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to intercede with Soviet authorities for the early release of Lidija Lasmane-Doronina from a labour camp.

Senator Kilgariff, from 341 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that Commodore E.E. Johnston be re-appointed for a further 5 years as Administrator of the Northern Territory.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 159 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senators Bolkus, Button and Sir John Carrick, from 116, 93 and 135 petitioners, respectively, praying that the ban on the export of kangaroo products be re-applied.

Senator Button, from 45 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the protection of the Otway forests in Victoria and refuse any licence to export woodchips from the Otways.

Senators Gietzelt and Ryan, from 991 and 982 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Michael Baume, from 2057 petitioners praying that the Senate prevent the Government from transferring Illawarra's television station, WIN TV, from VHF to UHF transmission.

Senators Archer, Bjelke-Petersen, Sir John Carrick, Chipp, Gietzelt, Puplick, Richardson and Robertson, from 89, 27, 151, 61, 81, 76, 223 and 355 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senators Elstob, Gietzelt, Haines, Macklin, Robertson and Vanstone, from 355, 90, 257, 193, 687 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 Button, Grimes, Ray and Robertson, from 62, 833, 62 and 65 petitioners, respectively, praying that any amendments to the Child Care Act provide for professional child care and the genuine needs of children.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 19 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 Robertson, from 89 petitioners praying that laboratory experimentation upon Australian protected wildlife be prohibited.

Senator Macklin, from 32 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) Bill 1985.

Senator Haines, from 22 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.

Senator Haines, from 310 petitioners praying that home loan interest rates be reduced.

Senator Elstob, from 52 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.