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PETITIONS

The following 17 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Macklin, Mason and Vigor, from 33, 7 and 146 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass the Independent and Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Bill 1986.

Senator Macklin, from 324 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.

Senators Michael Baume and Richardson, from 209 and 228 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to retain the Anzac Rifle Range in Malabar, NSW.

Senator Macklin, from 15 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to support the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Bill 1986.

Senator Puplick, from 13 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be rejected.

Senator Kilgariff, from 22 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to renew the lease of the Australian-United States joint defence facility at Pine Gap for a further 10 years from October 1987.

Senators Michael Baume and Crichton-Browne, from 277 and 17 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 48 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reject any proposal to introduce a tax on gold mining or prospecting.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 17 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation maintains the local content of rural radio programs such as the ""Country Hour''.

Senator Macklin, from 21 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the imposition of a tertiary education administration charge or reduce the charge for non full-time students.

Senator Short, from 952 petitioners praying that the Senate facilitate the acceptance and resettlement of Cambodian refugees upon closure of the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp in Thailand.

Senator Macklin, from 77 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to continue adequate funding for the Ethnic Schools Program.

Senator Robertson, from 74 petitioners praying that Stage 3 of Kakadu National Park be declared, that mining be prohibited in this area and that certain sites be made available for claims by the local Aboriginal people.

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

From 2981 petitioners opposing the amalgamation of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service.