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PETITIONS

The following 26 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Grimes, from 352 petitioners praying that the Senate include communication aids on the equipment list funded through the ""Provision of Aids for Disabled People'' program.

Senator Robertson, from 14 petitioners 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 construction of protective structures, and to permit international inspection of these measures.

Senator Robertson, from 23 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 Childs, from 578 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to remove certain loopholes in the Medicare legislation.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 82 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 3 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 Sanders, from 32 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 Childs, from 28 petitioners praying that the Parliament recognise the widespread public opposition to plant variety rights and promote alternative means of royalty collection for plant breeders.

Senator Newman, from 11 petitioners praying that there be an independent review of the Callaghan Report relating to industry and employment in Tasmania.

Senator Lewis, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to provide finance for programs which will prevent the extinction of remaining Aboriginal and Islander languages.

Senator Short, from 86 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to withdraw the capital gains tax legislation.

Senators Knowles and Robertson, from 82 and 347 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Knowles, from 27 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senators Cooney and Zakharov, from 234 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 Michael Baume, from 47 petitioners praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Richardson, from 3311 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to restore the 1985 level of funding to ""English as a Second Language'' programs.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 61 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to exempt schools from fringe benefits taxes.

Senator Childs, from 296 petitioners praying that there be no introduction of payment for pensioners' pharmaceutical products and that the Australian pharmaceutical industry be reviewed.

Senator Jones, from 210 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to demand the cessation of nuclear testing in the South Pacific and to join with neighbouring countries to declare the South Pacific a nuclear free zone.

Senator Childs, from 198 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to restrict private ownership of nursing homes, hostels and hospitals and request the Government to freeze nursing home fees and ensure that elderly patients receive adequate care.

Senator Collard, from 2228 petitioners praying that the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme be restored.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 75 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reject any proposal to introduce a tax on gold mining or prospecting.

Senator Puplick, from 18 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be rejected.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 20 petitioners praying that the fringe benefits tax legislation be repealed.