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PETITIONS

The following 5 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Bell and Bourne, from 60 and 27 petitioners, respectively,

requesting that the Senate oppose attempts by the Government to raise

the pension age for women from 60 to 65 years.

Senator Coulter, from 101 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

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

comprehensive plantation strategy.

Senator Ferguson, from 43 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to cease the funding of abortions through Medicare.

Senator Kemp, from 5 petitioners 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.