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PETITIONS

The following 5 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the senators indicated, were received:

 Senator Patterson, from 81 petitioners requesting that the Senate take action to reform the Family Law Act and the Child Support Scheme.

 Senator West, from 47 petitioners requesting that the Senate exempt community and charitable organisations from the proposed goods and services tax.

 Senators Gibson, Harradine and Sherry, each from 85 petitioners requesting that the Senate not pass the Government[quot ]s tax package until certain questions have been resolved fairly and equitably for the citizens of Tasmania.