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PETITIONS

The following 11 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 15 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 13 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Jessop, from 2 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Archer, from 21 petitioners 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].

Senator Vigor, from 82 petitioners praying that that practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senators Childs and Hill, from 10 and 25 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senator Hill, 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 Sanders, from 240 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reallocate taxes collected from conscientious objectors to war from military-related expenditure into a Peace Tax Fund.

Senator Maguire, from 72 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.

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

From 26 petitioners requesting that the proposed national identification numbering system be rejected.

Petitioning Letters: Senators Bjelke-Petersen and Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, by leave, presented letters from 68 and 8 Australian citizens, respectively, requesting that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be rejected.