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PETITIONS

The following 14 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 33 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 Crichton-Browne, from 56 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reject any proposal to introduce a tax on gold mining or prospecting.

Senator Robertson, from 80 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.

Senator Robertson, from 42 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senator Robertson, from 42 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to restore the 1985 level of funding for ""English as a Second Language'' programs.

Senator Robertson, from 83 petitioners praying that the lease of the Pine Gap Defence Space Research Facility be terminated and that the future use of the facility be subject to public debate and ratification by the Parliament.

Senators Sir John Carrick and Robertson, from 14 and 40 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to retain the Anzac Rifle Range in Malabar, NSW.

Senator Robertson, from 17 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be rejected.

Senator Robertson, from 27 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Robertson, from 236 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to replace certain members of the Film Censorship Board.

Senator Robertson, from 152 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 Tate, from 5545 petitioners praying that the Senate do all in its power to promote peace and nuclear arms reductions for the future of young Australians.

Senator Alston, from 34 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to withdraw support for the African National Congress and expel any officials of the organisation resident in Australia.