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PETITIONS

The following 12 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Bolkus, from 33 petitioners praying that the Child Care Amendment Act 1985 be repealed.

Senator McKiernan, from 79 petitioners praying that the Senate support and recognise the African National Congress and the South West Africa People's Organisation as the legitimate representatives of South Africa and Namibia and provide financial support to these organisations.

Senator Vigor, from 24 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senators Crichton-Browne, Durack and Walters, 3 petitions similar in wording, from 91, 3199 and 12 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senators Durack (2) and Sheil (2), 4 petitions similar in wording, from 59, 143, 551 and 1169 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Walters, from 128 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Walters, 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.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders was, by leave, presented by Senator Bjelke-Petersen and received:

From 48 petitioners objecting to the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.