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PETITIONS

The following 16 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Powell, from 168 petitioners praying that the Senate pass the Independent and Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Bill 1986.

Senator Brownhill, from 24 petitioners praying that the fringe benefits tax legislation be repealed.

Senator Brownhill, from 24 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reduce interest rates.

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.

Senators Brownhill (2), Messner, Parer and Reid, 5 petitions similar in wording, from 17, 15, 66, 236 and 42 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australia Card Bill 1986.

Senator Brownhill, from 46 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to retain the Anzac Rifle Range in Malabar, NSW.

Senator Haines, from 52 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to approach the Soviet Union to seek the release of Raoul Wallenberg.

Senator Macklin, from 20 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) Bill 1985.

Senator Macklin, from 160 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to use its constitutional powers to halt sand mining on Moreton Island and support the Moreton Island Preservation Bill 1987.

Senator Reid, from 285 petitioners praying that the film "Hail Mary' be banned and that the quality of censorship be improved.

Senator Walters, from 24 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the stability of Tasmania's forestry industry by requesting the Government to abide by the Memorandum of Understanding between the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments.

Senator Reid, from 17 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to reconsider its position with regard to the landscaping of the New Parliament House.

Petitioning Letter: Senator Richardson, by leave, presented a petitioning letter from 22 Australian citizens requesting that the widespread public opposition to plant variety rights be recognised.

Ordered-That the petitioning letter be received.