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PETITIONS

The following 11 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senators Chipp and Zakharov, from 90 and 180 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Walters, from 301 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 Haines, from 195 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senators Messner and Teague, from 132 and 102 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to restore the review of the nursing home benefit rates in November 1985, provide nursing home care concessions for pensioner patients and to resolve its concerns over health care costs with the South Australian Government.

Senator Messner, from 51 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Missen, from 53 petitioners praying that the Senate include communication aids on the equipment list funded through the Provision of Aids for Disabled People program.

Senator Peter Rae, from 29 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be reconsidered and rejected.

Senator Zakharov, from 10 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to propose to the United Nations General Assembly that 1989 be declared International Year for Repairing the Earth and implement related action programs.

Senator Messner, from 44 petitioners praying that the proposed cut-back of funding for pre-school and child care services be reversed.