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PETITIONS

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

Senator Peter Baume, from 16 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Durack, from 193 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senators Boswell, Durack (2) and Robertson, 4 petitions similar in wording, from 12, 23, 91 and 148 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Puplick, from 59 petitioners praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Parer, from 78 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 Cook, 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 Brownhill, Chaney and Messner, 3 petitions similar in wording, from 791, 97 and 8 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.

Senators Robertson and Ryan, from 42 and 13 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to increase family allowances.

Senator Robertson, from 97 petitioners praying that any amendments to the Child Care Act provide for professional child care and the genuine needs of children.

Senator Robertson, from 305 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to do all in its power to improve the quality and funding mechanisms for children's services.

Senator Robertson, from 37 petitioners praying that the Child Care Amendment Act 1985 be repealed.

Senator Walters, from 2574 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the fringe benefits tax legislation.

Senator Reid, from 165 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the principle of increased Telecom charges.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders was, by leave, presented by Senator Lewis and received:

From 217 petitioners of Christmas Island requesting greater participation in matters affecting Christmas Island.