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PETITIONS

The following 21 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Macklin, from 58 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 Powell, from 200 petitioners praying that the lease of the joint Australian-United States Defence Space Research Facility at Pine Gap be terminated.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 73 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reject any proposal to introduce a tax on gold mining or prospecting.

Senator Brownhill, from 1587 petitioners praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senators Crichton-Browne and Vigor, from 38 and 94 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 Parer, from 9 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to increase tertiary education funding in Queensland.

Senator Siddons, from 370 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Brownhill, from 541 petitioners praying that the fringe benefits tax legislation be repealed.

Senator Short, from 103 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to withdraw the capital gains tax legislation.

Senator Durack, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senators Brownhill and Mason, from 196 and 14 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to retain the Anzac Rifle Range in Malabar, NSW.

Senator Mason, from 22 petitioners praying that no measures be taken to legalise drug usage and that the number of support facilities for drug users be increased.

Senator Button, from 44 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 Knowles, from 31 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Knowles, from 324 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Knowles, from 64 petitioners praying that the Senate revoke and replace all appointments to the Film Censorship Board made prior to 1985.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 41 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation maintain the local content of rural radio programs such as the ""Country Hour''.

Senators Mason and Vigor, from 24 and 21 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass Senator Vigor's Bill to establish an Independent and Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation.