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PETITIONS

The following 32 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Sir John Carrick and Gietzelt, from 21 and 42 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Chaney, from 82 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to introduce its capital gains tax legislation and that this legislation be opposed in the Senate.

Senator Reynolds, from 31 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to ensure that legal barriers to equality between women and men in employment be removed.

Senator Mason, from 50 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any legislation which would impose a consumption tax on the necessities of life.

Senators Peter Baume, Reid and Richardson, from 56, 1 and 1009 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to increase family allowances.

Senator Archer, from 62 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to protect the right of every employee to choose their own superannuation scheme and recognise only those schemes which provide genuine superannuation.

Senator Archer, from 61 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.

Senators Macklin and Tate, from 75 and 59 petitioners, respectively, praying that the lease of the Pine Gap Defence Space Research Facility be terminated 1 year from October 1986, and that the future use of the facility be subject to public debate and ratification by the Parliament.

Senators Brownhill, Chaney (2), Durack (2), Mason, Messner and Robertson (2), 9 petitions similar in wording, from 198, 8, 195, 12, 67, 59, 57, 82 and 7 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senators Sir John Carrick and Mason, from 129 and 185 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senators Archer and Durack, from 34 and 320 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Robertson, from 33 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose any action which would give ownership of Ayers Rock and Uluru National Park to any single group in the community.

Senator Robertson, from 6 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 Robertson, from 57 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to intercede with Soviet authorities for the early release of Lidija Lasmane-Doronina from a labour camp.

Senator Vigor, from 36 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senator Vallentine, from 76 petitioners praying that the Constitution be reformed to recognise significant expressions of public concern and that a committee to represent public requests be formed.

Senators Sir John Carrick and Robertson, from 39 and 25 petitioners, respectively, praying that there be a public inquiry into the rights of Ion Chirita and family.