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PETITIONS

The following 11 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Brownhill and Kernot, from 2 630 and 160 petitioners,

respectively, requesting that the Senate take action to reform the

Family Law Act and the Child Support Scheme.

Senator Bell, from 72 petitioners requesting that the Senate introduce

legislation requiring the National Registration Authority to provide

all available information on registered chemicals.

Senator Bell, from 57 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 Crowley, from 14 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 Jones, from 20 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 Kernot, from 104 petitioners requesting that the Senate oppose

attempts by the Government to raise the pension age for women from 60

to 65 years.

Senator Kernot, from 46 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to provide financial aid for clearing mines from countries such

as Cambodia.

Senator Reid, from 394 petitioners requesting that the Senate amend

the Childcare Rebate Act and the Social Security (Home Child Care and

Partner Allowances) Legislation Amendment Act to ensure that all

parents with dependent children are treated equally with maximum

freedom of choice.

Senator Childs, from 14 petitioners requesting that the Senate condemn

the continuing violations of human rights taking place in East Timor.

Senator Sandy Macdonald, from 127 petitioners requesting that the

Senate legislate to ban the importation and use of the drug RU486 in

Australia.

The following 3 petitions, not in conformity with the standing orders,

were presented by Senator Jones, by leave, and received:

From 257 petitioners, requesting that the Government take action to

protect old-growth and wilderness forests by implementing a

comprehensive plantation strategy.

From 2 127 petitioners, requesting that the Government take action to

protect Australia's coastal zone.

From 421 petitioners, requesting that action be taken to cease all

scientific whaling and to support the introduction of a sanctuary in

the Antarctic for all whales.