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PETITIONS

The following petition, presented by the Senator indicated, was received and read :

Senator Jessop, from 74 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that the Government increase payments to pharmacists for dispensing Pharmaceutical Benefit Prescriptions and restore the level of professional fees to at least 1977-78 levels.

The following petition, presented by the Senator indicated, was received:

Senator Bishop, from 158 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Jessop.

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

Senator Colston, from 13 citizens of Australia praying that the National Women's Advisory Council be abolished to ensure that Parliamentary debate on women's issues is free from intervention by an unrepresentative advisory council.

Senator Jessop, from 113 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate refrain from enacting any legislation on plant variety rights.