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PETITIONS

The following 23 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Maguire, from 14 petitioners praying that the Senate seek that Australian merchant seamen's service on United States ships be added to time served on Australian ships during war-time in order to qualify for the Australian Service Medal.

Senator Vigor, from 163 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senator Parer, from 63 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.

Senators MacGibbon and Parer, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 223 and 447 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senators Jessop and Harradine, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 97 and 617 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Bolkus, from 428 petitioners praying that home loan interest rates be reduced.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Harradine, Jessop, Messner, Parer, Reid and Sheil(2), 8 petitions similar in wording, from 12, 4, 27, 11, 66, 219, 954 and 1202 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senators Boswell, Durack, Harradine and Mason, from 26, 23, 377 and 81 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

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

Senators Bjelke-Petersen and Collard, from 25 728 and 124 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate not legalise the possession, sale, hire or supply of any pornographic material.