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PETITIONS

The following 14 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Collard, from 68 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Reid, from 59 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to increase family allowances.

Senator Chaney, from 117 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to support an inquiry into the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and support the elimination of Russian nuclear influence from the Ukraine.

Senator Reid, from 27 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 Sir John Carrick, from 4 petitioners praying that a Joint Parliamentary Committee be established to consider proposals for the design of a new Australian National Flag.

Senator Reid, from 60 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Walters, from 1581 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the fringe benefits tax legislation.

Senator Reid, from 12 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure the continuation of prescription drugs to pensioners without imposing a prescription fee.

Senator Cooney, from 368 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to provide financial assistance to the Rotary Youth Bank/Waverley Employment Resource Centre.

Senator Parer, from 412 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any reduction in family allowances or the dependent spouse tax rebate.

Senator Vigor, from 120 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator MacGibbon, from 9 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 MacGibbon, from 48 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 94 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.