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PETITIONS

The following 9 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senator Abetz, from 127 petitioners and Senator Kernot, 2 petitions

similar in wording from 2 579 and 3 406 petitioners, respectively,

requesting that the Senate reject the proposed extension of wholesale

sales tax to building products.

Senator Bourne, from 303 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to support a proposal to retain census forms for release for

specific research purposes in 70 or 100 years' time.

Senator Herron, from 235 petitioners requesting that the Senate call

on the Minister for Human Services and Health to withdraw her

endorsement of the sex guide published in the December 1994 issue of

Cleo magazine.

Senator Lees, from 149 petitioners requesting that the Senate oppose

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

to 65 years.

Senator McGauran, from 400 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

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

Senator Beahan, from 1 186 petitioners requesting that the Senate

convey to the French Parliament the Australian community's outrage at

the French Government's decision to resume nuclear testing in the

South Pacific.

Senator Short, from 131 petitioners requesting that the Senate urge

the Australian Government to make representations to the United

Nations High Commission for Refugees and first asylum country

governments to address various concerns of Vietnamese asylum seekers

in camps in South East Asia and Hong Kong.

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

were presented by the Senators indicated, by leave, and received:

Senator Troeth, from 1 053 petitioners requesting that the decision to

exclude central and northern Victoria from qualifying for exceptional

circumstances drought relief be reconsidered.

Statement by leave: Senator Troeth, by leave, made a statement

relating to the petition.

Senator Jacinta Collins, from 378 petitioners requesting that the

Government intercede on behalf of Mr Pedro Lim, an Australian citizen

under arrest in the Philippines, to ensure that he is represented in

court without fear of harassment and intimidation.