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The following 12 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Zakharov, from 65 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 Zakharov, from 20 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.

Senators Michael Baume, Mason, Morris and Sibraa, from 171, 1210, 339 and 294 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilisation.

Senator Mason, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that previous veterans' legislation concerning servicemen, servicewomen and their dependants' entitlements be restored.

Senator Knowles, from 38 petitioners praying that the assets test be repealed.

Senator Archer, from 10 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be reconsidered and rejected.

Senators Michael Baume and Childs, from 316 and 23 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Vigor, from 58 petitioners praying that the further development of the Belconnen Mall, Canberra, include the development of community facilities and the retention of the present child care centre.