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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read :

Senator Bonner, from 570 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate make use of its constitutional and legislative powers to grant full land rights and self- management to the Aboriginal people of Queensland.

Senator Coleman, from 62 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament not ratify Australian military participation in the proposed Sinai peacekeeping force unless it is controlled by the United Nations.

Senator Ryan, from 116 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reverse its decision on the funding of women's refuges, rape crisis centres and women's health centres, concentrate the administration of women's services within one department, guarantee triennial funding and increase funds for existing services.

Senator Mason, from 45 citizens of Australia praying that legislation be passed to eliminate discrimination in all areas of Commonwealth employment and in the payment of unemployment benefits.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 45 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national average weekly male earnings; remove the means and income tests for pensioner health benefits; re-introduce Medibank; and provide $200 million for State housing authorities.

Senator Colston, from 57 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse export permits covering mineral sands mined on Moreton Island.

Senator Childs, from 690 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not increase or impose sales taxes on printed goods or paper products but instead introduce rental tax for foreign mining companies.

Senator Sibraa, from 43 citizens of Australia praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for development works such as dams or roads.

Senator Colston, from 30 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to sell Trans Australia Airlines.

Senator Watson, from 66 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that pensioners' weekly income and fringe benefits limits be indexed in line with increases in pensions.

Senator Colston, from 14 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reject any proposal to establish plant breeders' rights in Australia.

Senator Jessop, from 234 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that the Bute Post Office in South Australia continues to be classified as an official office.

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received :

Senators Gietzelt, Mulvihill, Mason and Button, from 44, 132, 44 and 1534 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Sibraa.

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

Senator Grimes, from 139 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate re-introduce a system of health care based on access by medical need and ability to pay.

Senator Button, from 2 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament take immediate and positive action to avert further poverty in the community by raising the level of all pensions and benefits and reconsidering recent decisions concerning the health system and cuts to Commonwealth activity.

Senators Evans and McClelland, from 138 and 44 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Sibraa.