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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Chipp, from 43 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Soviet Union to live up to its commitments under the Helsinki Agreement and allow Mrs Oksana Meshko to emigrate to Australia instead of exiling her to Siberia.

Senator Gietzelt, from 16 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Siddons, from 372 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 Walsh, from 7 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.

Senator Chipp, from 143 citizens of Australia praying that tax increases be stopped and a referendum held on taxes and interest rates.

Senator McLaren, from 19 citizens of South 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.

Senator Childs, from 34 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Sibraa, from 84 citizens of Australia praying that the base pension be increased to thirty per cent of average weekly earnings and indexed thereafter, and that allowable income for entitlement and fringe benefits be doubled.

Senator Childs, from 44 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 Childs, from 71 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of a certain Australian post office.

Senator Chipp, from 46 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

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

Senator Button, from 42 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

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

Senators Bjelke-Petersen and Siddons, from 26 and 24 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

Senator Chipp, from 84 citizens of Australia praying that the base pension be increased to thirty per cent of average weekly earnings and indexed thereafter, and that allowable income for entitlement and fringe benefits be doubled.

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

Senators Missen and Evans, from 36 and 45 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

Senator Haines, from 19 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.