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PETITIONS

The following 27 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Robertson, from 23 petitioners praying that the Human Rights Commission, or any body that replaces it, be allocated adequate resources.

Senator Brownhill, from 20 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reduce interest rates.

Senator Robertson, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 10 and 3 petitioners, respectively, praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be rejected.

Senator Brownhill, from 63 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australia Card Bill 1986.

Senator Robertson, from 12 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to retain the Anzac Rifle Range in Malabar, NSW.

Senator Brownhill, from 60 petitioners praying that the fringe benefits tax legislation be repealed.

Senator Brownhill, from 20 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to exempt schools from fringe benefits taxes.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 9 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 Robertson, from 10 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to provide finance for programs which will prevent the extinction of remaining Aboriginal and Islander languages.

Senator MacGibbon, from 15 petitioners praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

Senator Macklin, from 51 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) Bill 1985.

Senator MacGibbon, from 12 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Macklin, from 799 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 Vigor, from 150 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senator Vigor, from 108 petitioners praying that the Senate pass the Independent and Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Bill 1986.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Boswell, Colston, MacGibbon, Parer and Sheil, from 52, 24, 12, 32, 28 and 23 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate restore to the Census a category for housewives, and that the ""Fair Go For Women'' survey be recognised as a costly exercise of dubious value in determining the real views of Australian women.

Senator Reid, from 2 petitioners praying that roundabouts be installed at certain intersections on La Perouse Street, Red Hill, in the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Robertson, from 300 petitioners praying that the annual administration charge for higher education be not introduced and that funding shortfalls be met from Government revenue.

Senator Reid, from 30 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to introduce a system wherein community work must be undertaken in order to secure unemployment benefits.

Senator Messner, from 18 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose the introduction of a compulsory identification card, and that the Senate request the Government to improve existing management systems within the Australian Taxation Office and other Government agencies to prevent tax evasion and other fraudulent practices.

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

From 252 citizens requesting that roundabouts be installed at certain intersections on La Perouse Street, Red Hill, in the Australian Capital Territory.