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PETITIONS

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

Senator Giles, from 24179 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the relevant taxation Acts to provide for deduction of home loan interest payments.

Senator Missen, from 526 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reject any proposal to establish plant variety rights in Australia.

Senator Jones, from 106 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to reinstate without delay the general grant of $20,000 to La Boite Theatre, Queensland.

Senator Georges, from 15 citizens of Australia praying that the Government urge the Government of the United States of America to immediately cease all military aid to the Government of El Salvador.

Senator Reid, from 86 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament confer State-like self-government on the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Hearn, from 42 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain post office.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government restore the Imperial system of measurement.

Senator Jones, from 42 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate refuse export licences for uranium products from the Ben Lomond mine, Queensland.

Senator Mason, from 11 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Kilgariff, on behalf of Senator Bonner, from 8 citizens of Australia 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 Childs, from 102 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.

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

Senator Hearn, from 7 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take steps to remove from the Commonwealth Electoral Act provisions compelling electors to express a preference for all candidates at Senate elections.

Senator Georges, from 237 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the introduction of tuition fees for post-graduate and second degree students.

Senators Ryan and Macklin, from 54 and 30 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Reid.

Senator Haines, from 202 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Kilgariff, on behalf of Senator Bonner.

Senator Giles, from 99 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Hearn relating to the closure of a certain post office.

The following petitions, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, were, by leave, presented by the Senators indicated and received:

Senator Chipp, from 46 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senator Bolkus, from 21 citizens of Australia praying that the Governor-General Act 1974 be amended to provide for a work test and a means test for Vice-Regal pensions.

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

Senator Button, from 36 citizens of Australia praying that sales tax not be imposed on books, educational materials, or other basic consumer items.

Senators Baume and Hamer, from 525 and 316 citizens of Australia, respectively, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Georges relating to the introduction of tuition fees.

Senator Reid, from 684 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that retail trading hours in the Australian Capital Territory continue to be regulated.

Senator Button, from 10 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senators Jessop and McClelland, from 24 and 9 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 Coates, from 10 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.

Senator Jessop, from 123 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Kilgariff on behalf of Senator Bonner.

Senator Jessop, from 8 citizens of Australia praying that the Government preserve the identity of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music as presently constituted.

Senator Reid, from 1526 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate support the early deregulation of shopping hours in the Australian Capital Territory.