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PETITIONS

The following 14 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Brownhill, from 33 petitioners praying that the Senate protect the rights of private enterprise and reject the introduction of any inequitable additional taxes such as capital gains taxes.

Senator Jessop, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 280 and 59 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senators Jessop and Sheil (2), 3 petitions similar in wording, from 32, 138 and 146 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Brownhill, from 26 petitioners praying that the Senate reject certain tax proposals which are outlined in the Government's White Paper of May 1985.

Senators Michael Baume and Ryan, from 48 and 10 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Jessop, from 150 petitioners praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

Senator Mason, from 53 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 in the ACT.

Senator Mason, from 541 petitioners praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Chipp, from 10 petitioners praying that all members of Parliament support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1984.

Senator Chipp, from 15 petitioners praying that all Senators support the Australian Waters (Nuclear-powered Ships and Nuclear Weapons Prohibition) Bill 1984.