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PETITIONS

The following 20 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Hamer, from 560 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to do all in its power to alleviate the suffering of Polish people and to protect the right of freedom of speech to all people.

Senator Vallentine, from 14 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to refuse entry to Australian ports to all foreign warships.

Senator Vallentine, from 24 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to remove dangers to the earth's ecology imposed by uranium mining and processing and that Government policies be altered to ensure that Australia is not subject to a nuclear threat.

Senator Vallentine, from 180 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 Vallentine, from 23 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the protection of the Otway forests in Victoria and refuse any licence to export woodchips from the Otways.

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

Senator Vigor, from 196 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senators Michael Baume, Peter Baume, Parer and Sanders, from 28, 20, 10 and 36 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senators Jessop, Parer and Sheil (2), 4 petitions similar in wording, from 114, 58, 274 and 346 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Jessop, from 44 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Chaney, from 78 petitioners praying that the Senate repeal the Labor Government's assets test.

Senator Parer, from 23 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 Parer, from 152 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senator Coleman, from 52 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to use its powers to eradicate the barbaric practice of female circumcision.