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PETITIONS

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

Senators Jessop and Macklin, from 382 and 279 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 Peter Baume, Brownhill, Macklin, Mason and Reid, from 46, 388, 19, 97 and 26 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Macklin, from 108 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) Bill 1985.

Senator Short, from 27 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 Vigor, from 150 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator Parer, from 56 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to protect companies that establish private superannuation schemes and oppose any compulsory superannuation schemes which are controlled by trade unions.

Senator Jessop, from 17 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Mason, from 4229 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any legislation which would impose a consumption tax on the necessities of life.

The following 3 petitions, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, were, by leave, presented by Senator Michael Baume and received:

From 89, 103 and 762 petitioners, respectively, protesting over the proposed transfer of Illawarra's television station, WIN TV, from VHF to UHF transmission.