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PETITIONS

The following 8 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 46 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 15 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''.

Senators Black and Collard, from 12 and 16 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 Messner, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 176 and 37 petitioners, respectively, 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.

Senator Puplick, from 482 petitioners praying that the Senate reject proposals for a national identification card system.

Senator Black, from 14 petitioners praying that the Parliament not legalise the possession, sale, hire, or supply of hard-core pornographic publications and videos.