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PETITIONS

The following 11 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Cooney and Zakharov, from 216 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.

Senator Alston, from 31 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 and in the event of it being passed, retain the amended provision relating to the rights of trade unions.

Senators Alston and Durack, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 47 and 51 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 44 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reject any proposal to introduce a tax on gold mining or prospecting.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 43 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 44 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to exempt schools from fringe benefits taxes.

Senator Michael Baume, from 520 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reverse its decision to close the Wollongong office of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs.

Senator Sanders, from 10 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to re-impose the ban on the sale of uranium to France and strengthen the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty.

Senator Jones, from 94 petitioners praying that the Senate resist closure of local post office facilities.