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PETITIONS

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

Senator Mason, from 19 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 Sibraa, from 26 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 Siddons, from 15 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

Senator Childs, from 1284 citizens of Australia praying that a supplementary grant of 51.18 million for the performing arts be given to the Australia Council, and that funding for the Ensemble Theatre be reinstated.

Senator McLaren, from 105 citizens of Australia praying that the Government extend the generous terms of Commonwealth home loans granted to two Ministers to the thousands of young couples suffering undue hardship because of high interest rates.

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

Senator Chipp, from 24 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Mason.

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

Senators Carrick, Lajovic and Harradine, from 120, 165 and 240 citizens of Australia, respectively, 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 Medicare; and provide $200 million for State housing authorities.

Senator Grimes, from 83 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to transfer the Australian Government Publishing Service bookshops to the private sector.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 5 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 Jessop, from 18 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure that a repeater transmitter be established in Wollongong on VHF and UHF bands to enable the migrant population, in particular, to receive Channel 0.

Senator Jessop, from 14 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senator Gietzelt, from 998 citizens of Australia praying that staff levels in the Department of Social Security be increased and that the Government rescind stand-down orders.

Senator Button, from 16 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Button, from 35 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain post office.