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PETITIONS

The following 44 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Ryan, Sibraa and Walsh, from 56, 10 and 403 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to increase family allowances.

Senators Crichton-Browne and Harradine, from 15 and 12 petitioners, respectively, 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 Archer and Watson, from 52 and 142 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to protect the right of employees to choose a superannuation scheme and to recognise only those schemes which provide genuine superannuation.

Senators Chaney, Durack (2) and Messner, 4 petitions similar in wording, from 32, 61, 473 and 161 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senators Durack and Robertson, from 658 and 538 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Kilgariff, from 2 petitioners praying that a Joint Parliamentary Committee be established to consider proposals for the design of a new Australian national flag.

Senator Kilgariff, from 23 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure the continuation of prescription drugs to pensioners without the imposition of a prescription fee.

Senators Sir John Carrick and Robertson, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 53 and 746 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senators Durack and Messner, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 162 and 71 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senators Dame Margaret Guilfoyle and Harradine, from 276 and 92 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

Senators Chaney, Kilgariff and Messner, from 129, 29 and 50 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 Peter Baume, from 675 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator Harradine, from 7 petitioners praying that the Senate make certain legislative changes to improve the quality of Australian television.

Senator Kilgariff, from 46 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to remove the mining veto provision from the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act.

Senator Georges, from 89 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to oppose the process of food irradiation and ban the importation of radioactive substances used in this process.

Senator Chaney, from 29 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to replace certain members of the Film Censorship Board.

Senators Childs, Robertson and Ryan, from 2779, 41 and 470 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to restore the 1985 level of funding to ""English as a Second Language'' programs.

Senators Robertson and Teague, from 14 and 80 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to provide medical aid to the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident and persuade the Soviet Union to close all similar power stations to allow for the contruction of protective structures, and to permit international inspection of these measures.

Senators Ray and Robertson, from 34 and 128 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to support an inquiry into the nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl and support the elimination of Russian nuclear influence from the Ukraine.

Senators Robertson and Sibraa, from 42 and 180 petitioners, respectively, 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 Robertson, from 9 petitioners praying that the lease of the Pine Gap Defence Space Research Facility be terminated one year from October 1986, and that the future use of the facility be subject to public debate and ratification by the Parliament.

Senator Robertson, from 21 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senators Ray and Reynolds, from 62 and 33 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to provide finance for programs which will prevent the extinction of remaining Aboriginal and Islander languages.

Senator Chaney, from 21 petitioners praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Short, from 32 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to withdraw the fringe benefits tax legislation.