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PETITIONS

The following 19 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Durack, from 32 petitioners praying that the Broadcasting and Television Act be amended to enable consultation between the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and the public in relation to the formulation of television standards.

Senator Macklin, from 42 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to re-impose the former housing loan interest rate ceiling.

Senator Vallentine, from 150 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to undertake a public inquiry into the roles undertaken in Australia by the American Central Intelligence Agency.

Senator Zakharov, from 30 petitioners praying that legislation for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises be not passed.

Senators Durack, Knowles, MacGibbon and Macklin, 4 petitions similar in wording, from 40, 28, 12 and 15 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senators Peter Baume and Brownhill, from 52 and 7 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Macklin, from 86 petitioners praying that the lease of the Pine Gap Defence Space Research Facility be terminated one year after October 1986, and that the future use of the facility be subject to public debate and ratification by the Parliament.

Senator MacGibbon, from 88 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senator Durack, from 518 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

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 83 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senator Brownhill, from 18 petitioners praying that the Senate reject certain tax proposals which are outlined in the Government's White Paper of May 1985.

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 Brownhill, from 12 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to protect the right of employees to choose their own superannuation scheme and recognise only those schemes which provide genuine superannuation.

Senator Harradine, from 77 petitioners praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

The following petitions, not in conformity with the Standing Orders were, by leave, presented by the Senators indicated and received:

Senators Brownhill, Collard and Sheil, from 12 424, 8237 and 8884 petitioners, respectively, supporting Sea World, Queensland, in its bid to retain the right to exhibit live mammals such as dolphins and whales.

Senator Kilgariff, from 8 petitioners objecting to the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.