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PETITIONS

The following 19 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Macklin, from 3 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to re-impose the former housing loan interest rate ceiling.

Senator Vigor, from 30 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator Harradine, from 25 petitioners 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.

Senator Harradine, from 699 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to replace certain members of the Film Censorship Board.

Senator Sanders, from 20 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 Macklin, from 16 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) Bill 1985.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 91 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reject any proposal to introduce a tax on gold mining or prospecting.

Senators Crichton-Browne and Vigor, from 96 and 127 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.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 45 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 279 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to exempt schools from fringe benefits taxes.

Senator Sanders, from 12 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 1006 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 Ryan, from 84 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reverse its decisions relating to the reduction in funding for ""English as a Second Language'' programs, the abolition of the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Education program, and the amalgamation of the Special Broadcasting Service with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Senator Vigor, from 26 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any retrospective legislation which would allow the Government to increase interest rates on fixed interest housing loans.

Senator Vigor, from 22 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any legislation which would impose tertiary education fees.

Senator Vigor, from 13 petitioners praying that the Senate support legislation which would guarantee citizens in the Australian Capital Territory the right to breathe tobacco smoke-free air in confined work and public places.

Senator Vigor, from 10 petitioners praying that the Senate support legislation to ban the use of steel jaw animal traps in the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Vigor, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate support legislation which would ban the sale of uranium to France.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by Senator Walters and received:

From 241 petitioners opposing cut backs to war widow pensions.