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PETITIONS

The following 20 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Vallentine, from 37 petitioners praying that the Constitution be reformed to recognise significant expressions of public concern and that a committee to represent public requests be formed.

Senator Vallentine, from 93 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to undertake a public inquiry into the roles undertaken in Australia by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency.

Senator Vallentine, from 150 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to remove dangers to the earth's ecology imposed by uranium mining and processing and that Government policies be altered to ensure that Australia is not subject to a nuclear threat.

Senator Parer, from 95 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any reduction in family allowances or the dependent spouse tax rebate.

Senator Parer, from 32 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 Vallentine, from 41 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 Jones, from 211 petitioners praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

Senators Durack and Sheil, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 47 and 21 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Parer, 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 Haines, from 42 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be rejected.

Senator Michael Baume, from 40 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to introduce its capital gains tax legislation and that this legislation be opposed in the Senate.

Senators Chaney, Durack and Newman, 3 petitions similar in wording, from 21, 322 and 81 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Crowley, from 30 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to provide annual scholarships in Australia for South African students selected from refugee camps.

Senator Childs, from 804 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to prohibit the entry of nuclear weapons into Australia.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 22 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reject any proposal to introduce a tax on gold mining or prospecting.

Senator Newman, from 367 petitioners praying that there be an independent review of the Callaghan Report relating to industry and employment in Tasmania.

Senator Parer, from 5 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any proposal to deem self employed small business owners as employees, and introduce certain industrial relations rights legislation.