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PETITIONS

The following 10 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 32 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Chaney, from 15 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to introduce its capital gains tax legislation and that this legislation be opposed in the Senate.

Senators Durack, Knowles and Reid, 3 petitions similar in wording, from 152, 160 and 20 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Vigor, from 15 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator Vigor, from 28 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senator Robertson, from 9 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 and in the event of it being passed, retain the amended provision relating to the rights of trade unions.

Senator Reid, from 76 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to increase family allowances.

Senator Robertson, from 16 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to fund a South West Africa People's Organisation office in Australia, provide financial support to the organisation and sever all ties between Australia and South Africa.

Petitioning Letter: Senator Messner, by leave, presented a letter from 24 Australian citizens requesting that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be rejected.