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PETITIONS

The following 29 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Haines, from 189 petitioners praying that home loan interest rates be reduced.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 10 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to replace certain members of the Film Censorship Board.

Senator Walsh, from 20 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to increase family allowances.

Senators Cooney and Zakharov, from 180 and 90 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senators Chaney, Durack and Robertson, 3 petitions similar in wording, from 34, 21 and 424 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Chaney, from 14 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 Georges, from 10 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.

Senators Durack and Robertson, 2 petitions similar in wording from 42 and 72 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Durack, from 870 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senators Knowles and Robertson, from 13 and 106 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 Puplick and Ryan, from 180 and 28 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to restore the 1985 level of funding to ""English as a Second Language'' programs.

Senator Lewis, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to remain consistent in its obligations to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and take action to prevent the operation of legalised brothels in Victoria.

Senator Button, from 25 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the protection of the Otway forests in Victoria and refuse any licence to export woodchips from the Otways.

Senator Robertson, from 17 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to ensure that legal barriers to equality between women and men in employment be removed.

Senator Messner, from 1270 petitioners 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.

Senator Robertson, from 16 petitioners praying that the Senate pass a motion in support of the existing Australian flag.

Senator Robertson, from 9 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Vallentine, from 69 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 Tate, from 2812 petitioners praying that the Senate do all in its power to promote peace and nuclear arms reductions for the future of young Australians.

Senator Kilgariff, from 34 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to renew the lease on the Australian-United States joint defence facility at Pine Gap for a further 10 years from October 1987.

Senator Kilgariff, from 9 petitioners praying that family allowances be restored to the 1976 level and be indexed to the Consumer Price Index, that the dependent spouse rebate be retained and that family income splitting provisions be introduced in the taxation system.

Senator Peter Baume, from 32 petitioners praying that there be no introduction of payment for pensioners' pharmaceutical products and that the Australian pharmaceutical industry be reviewed.

Senator Jones, from 27 petitioners praying that the Senate resist closure of local postal facilities.