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PETITIONS

The following 21 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Archer, from 27 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senator Tate, from 10 petitioners praying that the lease of the Pine Gap Defence Space Research Facility be terminated one year from October 1986, and that the future use of the facility be subject to public debate and ratification by the Parliament.

Senators Button, Foreman, Jessop and Vigor, 4 petitions similar in wording, from 9, 6, 828 and 20 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Messner, from 19 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 Durack, from 1093 petitioners praying that the Senate pass a motion that the existing Australian National Flag be changed only with the approval of the nation as expressed in a referendum.

Senator Brownhill, from 17 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 Chipp, from 23 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.

Senator Chipp, from 81 petitioners praying that the Senate support Senator Chipp's various legislative measures dealing with the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Senator Sibraa, from 63 petitioners praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senators Archer, Peter Baume, Brownhill, Sir John Carrick, Chaney, Richardson, Sibraa, Walsh and Walters, from 175, 103, 36, 191, 106, 81, 45, 20 and 54 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.