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PETITIONS

The following 12 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Sanders, from 34 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 1209 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to prohibit the entry of nuclear weapons into Australia.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 19 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 Watson, from 27 and 75 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 Childs, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to remove certain loopholes in the Medicare legislation.

Senator Sanders, from 93 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 Childs, from 32 petitioners praying that there be no introduction of payment for pensioners' pharmaceutical products and that the Australian pharmaceutical industry be reviewed.

Senator Childs, from 71 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to take action against doctors who deny medical treatment until patients join a private health fund.

Senators Michael Baume and Richardson, each from 12 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to retain the Anzac Rifle Range in Malabar, NSW.

Senator Georges, from 540 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose the introduction of the $250 Tertiary Administration fee which was announced in the 1986-87 Budget.