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PETITIONS

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

Senator Childs, from 706 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to hold a referendum on the question that the entire area of the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding waters be immediately declared a marine park under the provisions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.

Senator Macklin, on behalf of Senator Haines, from 290 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase the level of Commonwealth Post-Graduate Awards by at least $1500 per annum, withdraw taxation of the awards, and increase the number of new awards in 1983 to 1000, and that the Senate reject legislation for the student loans scheme.

Senator Macklin, on behalf of Senator Haines, from 24 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure the immediate withdrawal of the Office of Child- Care from the Department of Social Security and the establishment of a Children' s Commission.

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

Senators Peter Baume, Sir John Carrick, Scott and Peter Rae, from 113, 109, 122 and 44 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for the development works such as dams or roads.

Senators Sir John Carrick, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Childs, Peter Baume, Archer, Messner, Scott, Durack and Jessop, from 93, 10, 23, 118, 70, 9, 67, 319 and 147 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Peter Baume, from 25 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge the Government to increase funding to the University of Queensland to enable library facilities to be restored to their former level.

Senator Peter Baume, from 9 citizens of Australia praying that taxpayers who incur child-care expenses in order to earn income have those expenses exempt from income tax.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 45 citizens of Australia praying that legislation be passed to eliminate discrimination in all areas of Commonwealth employment and in the payment of unemployment benefits.

Senator Peter Rae, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government restore the imperial system of measurement.

Senators Jessop and Scott, from 1 and 13 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Parliament pass the Sex Discrimination Bill 1981.

Senator Jessop, from 12 citizens of Australia praying that the Government maintain the safeguards and rights of individuals against homosexual activity.

Senator Jessop, from 16 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate ensure adequate funding for higher education, provide students with adequate financial assistance and oppose the re-introduction of tertiary fees.

Senator Jessop, from 16 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.

Senator Jessop, from 35 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.

Senators Jessop, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Lewis, Robert Ray and Primmer, from 2, 123, 49, 134 and 71 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to hold a referendum on the question that the entire area of the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding waters be immediately declared a marine park under the provisions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.

Senators Peter Baume and Jessop, from 3657 and 22 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate call on the Government to halt the closure of manual assistance telephone exchanges pending a Parliamentary inquiry.

Senator Robert Ray, from 29 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to ensure that the Government continue to regulate bank interest rates and provide a needs-based mortgage payment subsidy scheme.

Senator Kilgariff, from 21 citizens of Australia praying that the Federal Government provide adequate funding for independent schools in the Australian Capital Territory, particularly to establish a third grammar school in Canberra.