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PETITIONS

The following 15 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Vallentine, from 92 petitioners praying that the Constitution be reformed to recognise significant expressions of public concern and that a committee to represent public requests be formed.

Senator Michael Baume, from 291 petitioners praying that the Senate prevent the Government from transferring Illawarra's television station, WIN TV, from VHF to UHF transmission.

Senator Cooney, from 62 petitioners praying that any amendments to the Child Care Act provide for professional child care and the genuine needs of children.

Senator Walters, from 57 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senators Archer, Michael Baume, Bjelke-Petersen, Sanders, Walters and Watson, from 77, 27, 58, 22, 51 and 80 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Archer, from 178 petitioners praying that the ban on the export of kangaroo products be re-applied.

Senators Haines and Sheil (2), 3 petitions similar in wording, from 39, 90 and 241 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Sanders, from 384 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the protection of the Otway forests in Victoria and refuse any licence to export woodchips from the Otways.

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

From 12 petitioners requesting that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.