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PETITIONS

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

Senator Missen, on behalf of Senator Martyr, from 120 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Minister for Foreign Affairs to raise with the U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister the return of the Church of Mary Queen of Peace to the religious worshippers of Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Senator Haines, from 63 citizens of Australia praying that the amount of income allowed to be earned by pensioners before fringe benefits are cut off or pension is reduced be increased.

Senator Giles, from 15 951 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the relevant taxation Acts to provide for deduction of home loan interest payments.

Senator Teague, from 85 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Jones, from 86 citizens of Australia praying that the Government significantly increase the annual appropriation of the A.B.C., allow the A.B.C. to use corporate sponsorship in its programming, and transfer control of national broadcasting service transmitters from Telecom to the A.B.C.

Senators Grimes and Hearn, from 112 and 83 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 Medibank; and provide $ 200 million for State housing authorities.

Senator Haines, from 56 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate amend the Banking Act 1959 to limit increases in interest rates to one per cent per annum, and to provide that increases above that amount be subject to the approval of both Houses of Parliament.

Senator Jones, from 80 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Walsh, from 11 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take steps to implement the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament relating to disclosure of pecuniary interests of Members of Parliament.

Senator McLaren, from 38 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 petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Walters, from 10 citizens of Australia praying that the Defence Service Homes Act be amended to enable all ex-servicewomen who served Australia during World War II to qualify for Defence Service Home Loans.

Senator Harradine, from 158 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.

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

Senator Button, from 38 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Evans, from 43 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 Ryan, from 113 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Evans, from 125 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.