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PETITIONS

The following 30 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Crowley and Reid, from 13 and 16 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate take action to ensure that legal barriers to equality between women and men in employment be removed.

Senator Macklin, from 72 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to ensure that no nuclear weapons are allowed into Australia, that all uranium mining cease in Australia and that the Senate urge the Government to encourage the United States and the Soviet Union to stop the nuclear arms race.

Senator Sanders, from 148 petitioners praying that animal experimentation be phased out completely within the next 10 years.

Senator Reid, from 149 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to increase family allowances.

Senators Knowles, Messner and Sheil (2), 4 petitions similar in wording, from 55, 166, 125 and 78 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Macklin, from 36 petitioners 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.

Senator Macklin, from 88 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to re-impose the former housing loan interest rate ceiling.

Senators Parer, Walters and Watson, from 183, 51 and 31 petitioners, respectively, 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.

Senators Michael Baume and Messner, from 15 and 109 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 25 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Knowles, from 14 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.

Senators Michael Baume, Newman and Walters, 3 petitions similar in wording, from 419, 31 and 150 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Zakharov, from 15 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 Michael Baume, from 15 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senator Vigor, from 49 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senator Vigor, from 150 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator Parer, from 22 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 Walters, from 342 petitioners praying that the existing Australian National Flag be not changed.

Senator Walters, from 20 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reverse its decision to increase the price of the drug, Dilantin.

Senator Walters, from 304 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the fringe benefits tax legislation.

Senator Robertson, from 306 petitioners praying that there be no tax increase on the goldmining industry.

Senator Robertson, from 54 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to remove certain loopholes in the Medicare legislation.