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PETITIONS

The following 10 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Knowles, Sandy Macdonald, Newman and Reid, from 15, 570, 787

and 30 petitioners, respectively, requesting that the Senate take

action to increase funding for breast cancer research and consider

further initiatives through the tax system to encourage donations for

breast cancer research.

Senators Kemp and MacGibbon, 2 petitions similar in wording, from 20

and 2 928 petitioners, respectively, requesting that the Senate ensure

that the Australian national flag is not changed or replaced without

first being voted upon and approved by the people of Australia in a

national poll.

Senator Bell, from 95 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to phase out aerial spraying in accordance with the

recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on Agricultural and

Veterinary Chemicals.

Senator O'Chee, from 36 petitioners requesting that Australia remain a

constitutional monarchy with Her Majesty the Queen of Australia as

Head of State.

Senator Woodley, from 15 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to apply conditions retrospectively to woodchip licences to

meet Commonwealth obligations and exclude old-growth forests and

wilderness areas.

Senator Newman, from 466 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to recognise the contribution made by private health insurers

by waiving the proposed Medicare levy increase or through lower

taxation.