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PETITIONS

The following 6 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Kernot and Lees, from 62 and 103 petitioners,

respectively,requesting that the Senate oppose attempts by the

Government to raise the pension age for women from 60 to 65 years.

Senator Bell, from 225 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

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

comprehensive plantation strategy.

Senator Kernot, from 252 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to provide financial aid for clearing mines from countries such

as Cambodia.

Senator Sandy Macdonald, from 94 petitioners requesting that the

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

Australia.

Senator Reid, from 927 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.