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PETITIONS

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

Senator Vallentine, from 155 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 129 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to refuse entry to Australian ports to all foreign warships.

Senator Vallentine, from 83 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 80 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Watson, from 37 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.

Senators Chaney and Messner, from 14 and 152 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to introduce its capital gains tax legislation and that this legislation be opposed in the Senate.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 66 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to increase family allowances.

Senator Withers, from 23 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.

Senator Bolkus, from 1444 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to lodge a protest with the British Government against the practice of strip-searching women prisoners in Armagh Gaol, Northern Ireland.