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PETITIONS

The following 20 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Faulkner, Hill and Woods, from 473, 26 and 808

petitioners,respectively, requesting that the Senate legislate to ban

the importation and use of the drug RU486 in Australia.

Senators Coulter and Faulkner, from 5 111 and 51 petitioners,

respectively, requesting that the Senate take action to protect

old-growth and wilderness forests by implementing a comprehensive

plantation strategy.

Senator Bell, from 51 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 Brownhill, from 135 petitioners opposing any changes to the

Australian flag, supporting the constitutional monarchy and opposing

any moves to turn Australia into a republic.

Senator Campbell, from 415 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to ensure that Western Australia receives its fair share of

funding for existing and proposed national highways.

Senator Chamarette, from 67 petitioners requesting that genital

mutilation be classified as an illegal activity and that

discrimination on the grounds of sex be sufficient reason for granting

refugee status.

Senator Coulter, from 2 050 petitioners requesting that the Senate

take action to protect high conservation value and old-growth forests

in the south west of Western Australia.

By Senator Jones, from 56 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 Newman, from 64 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 Newman, from 142 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to provide funding for the transmitters necessary to ensure

that all Tasmanians have access to the ABC and SBS.

Senator O'Chee, from 133 petitioners requesting that the UN Convention

on Desertification not be signed without first receiving the scrutiny

and approval of the Senate.

Senator Patterson, from 500 petitioners requesting that the Senate

take action to reform the Family Law Act and the Child Support Scheme.

Senator Boswell, from 32 petitioners requesting that the Human Rights

(Sexual Conduct) Bill be referred to a Senate committee for

reconsideration.

Senator Campbell, from 717 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to amend the Family Law Reform Bill to ensure that the role of

grandparents be included in any consideration of the needs of the

children affected by divorce.

Senator Campbell, from 969 petitioners requesting that the Senate

reject the Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Bill.

Senator Kernot, from 6 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to oppose the increase in the pension age for women from 60 to

65 years.

Senator McKiernan, from 33 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to reject the proposal to replace ABC State-based news and

current affairs with a national service.