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PETITIONS

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

Senator Gietzelt, from 77 citizens of Australia praying that the Government act to prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Childs, from 748 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not increase or impose sales taxes on printed goods or paper products but instead introduce a resource rental tax for foreign mining companies.

Senator Giles, from 14 citizens of Australia praying that the Government act to prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain Australian post office.

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

Senator Childs, from 71 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Giles.

Senator Colston, from 70 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senator Colston, from 27 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.

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

Senators Dame Margaret Guilfoyle and Foreman, from 17 and 99 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 Foreman, from 418 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate support or initiate a Federal inquiry into the proposed development of South West Tasmania, and not allow funds to be allocated for the construction of dams in that region.

Senator Macklin, from 13 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Colston relating to the introduction of post-secondary tuition fees.