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PETITIONS

The following 12 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Kilgariff and Short, from 46 and 18 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Costigan Royal Commission be reactivated and provided with sufficient resources to conclude its investigations into organised crime in Australia.

Senator Chipp, from 59 petitioners praying that all members of Parliament support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1984.

Senators Baume, Sir John Carrick and Childs, from 145, 109 and 93 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senators Black and Chipp, from 10 and 24 petitioners, respectively, praying that post-secondary tuition fees and any form of the user-pays principle in education not be introduced, that student financial assistance be increased and that visa charges on private overseas students be removed.

Senator Baume, from 8 petitioners praying that no measures be taken to legalise drug usage and that the Government increase support facilities for drug users.

Senator Zakharov, from 50 petitioners praying that legislation for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises be not passed.

Senator Messner, from 425 petitioners praying that the Senate pass the Social Security and Repatriation (Abolition of Assets Test) Bill 1985.

Senator Messner, from 1011 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.