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PETITIONS

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

Senators Collard and Gietzelt, from 42 and 17 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government act to prevent the downgrading or closure of certain Australian post offices.

Senators Grimes and Mason, from 167 and 44 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for development works such as dams or roads.

Senator Siddons, from 603 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Ryan, from 13 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 Haines, on behalf of Senator Mason, from 17 citizens of Australia praying that taxpayers who incur child-care expenses in order to earn an income have those expenses exempt from income tax.

Senator Grimes, from 106 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national 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 Jones, from 61 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse export permits covering mineral sands mined on Moreton Island.

Senator Keeffe, from 90 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to halt the mining, milling and export of Australian uranium.

Senator Colston, from 11 citizens of Australia praying that the Government act to prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Colston, from 18 citizens of Australia praying that highway safety flares be allowed to be used as warning devices on Australian highways.

Senator Ryan, from 425 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 Harradine, from 346 citizens of Australia praying that sales tax not be imposed on books, educational materials, or other basic consumer items.

Senator Lajovic, from 95 citizens of Australia praying that the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence investigate alleged genocidal activities of the Romanian Government against the Hungarian population in Romania.

Senator Siddons (2), on behalf of Senator Chipp, from 12 and 52 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Sibraa, from 19 citizens of Australia praying that all photocopying and videorecording used exclusively for education purposes be exempted from the provisions of the Copyright Act, and that any amendments to copyright law which affect the education system not be effective during an academic year.

Senator Macklin, from 825 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senator Macklin, from 266 citizens of Australia praying that post-secondary tuition fees not be introduced; that the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme be extended; that a comprehensive loans scheme not be introduced; that Adult Secondary Assistance not be restricted; and that the proposal not to fund thirty colleges of advanced education unless they are rationalised be not proceeded with.

Senator Mulvihill, from 5425 citizens of Australia praying that legislation be passed to prohibit commercial trading in or export of domestic cat and dog skins.

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

Senator Robert Ray, from 28 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Grimes relating to increases in pensions and benefits, Senator Sibraa, and Senator Baume on behalf of Senator Peter Rae, from 47 and 92 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Grimes relating to the preservation of South West Tasmania.

Senators Button and Mason, from 132 and 194 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Harradine.

Senator Robert Ray, and Senator Baume on behalf of Senator Peter Rae, from 36 and 51 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate support or initiate a Federal inquiry into proposed development in South West Tasmania, and not allow funds to be allocated for the construction of dams in that region.

Senator Colston, from 119 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Jones.

Senator Childs (two), from 64 and 60 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petitions presented by Senators Collard and Gietzelt.

Senator Childs, from 112 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Colston relating to postal services in Australia.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was presented by the Senator indicated, by leave, and received:

Senator Lewis, from 614 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not implement the recommendations of the Industries Assistance Commission draft report on tariff cuts to the car industry.

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

Senator Ryan, from 249 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senator Mulvihill, from 42 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 Jones, from 313 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to abolish the Community Youth Support Scheme.