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PETITIONS

The following 13 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Coulter, Kemp and Spindler, from 1 532, 2 141 and 2 470

petitioners, respectively, requesting that the Senate take action to

reform the Family Law Act and the Child Support Scheme.

Senator Bell, from 94 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 Bell, from 38 petitioners requesting that the Independent Rate

Age for Austudy be decreased to 21 years, that full Austudy payments

be raised to the level of unemployment benefits and that the taxable

income threshold be increased to $8 000.

Senator Bell, from 40 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 Coulter, from 39 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to relieve the impact of the fuel tax rise on rural South

Australia.

Senator Coulter, from 200 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to protect old-growth and wilderness forests by implementing a

comprehensive plantation strategy.

Senator Jones, from 126 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to ensure that all merchandise associated with the Sydney 2000

Olympics be manufactured solely in Australia from Australian

materials.

Senator Jones, from 718 petitioners requesting that the Senate support

the continued occupation of the RAAF base Darwin for military training

and exercises by Australian and friendly air forces.

Senator Margetts, from 66 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to withdraw from any treaty or agreement with Indonesia which

will lead to the export of uranium and to develop safe and sustainable

energy generation technologies.

Senator Newman, from 233 petitioners requesting that the Senate review

the guidelines for young homeless rate benefits and show a greater

commitment to programs which prevent family breakdown.

Senator Parer, from 660 petitioners requesting that the Senate call on

Australia Post to maintain the level of postal service that currently

exists in the suburb of Bald Hills.