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PETITIONS

The following 23 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Abetz, Gibson and MacGibbon, from 33, 72 and 158 petitioners,

respectively, requesting that the Senate reject the proposed extension

of wholesale sales tax to building products.

Senators Beahan, Childs and West, from 21 678, 106 and 648

petitioners, respectively, 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.

Senators Herron and Patterson, from 3 668 and 54 petitioners,

respectively, 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.

Senators Kemp and Patterson, from 416 and 800 petitioners,

respectively, requesting that the Senate take action to reform the

Family Law Act and the Child Support Scheme.

Senator Bourne, from 31 petitioners requesting that the Senate call on

the Government to take action against the continued denial of human

rights to the people of East Timor.

Senator Chamarette, from 22 petitioners requesting that the Senate

take action to end the policy of detaining asylum seekers and to

release those asylum seekers still being held in Department of

Immigration and Ethnic Affairs processing centres.

Senator Coulter, from 1 045 petitioners requesting that the Senate

take action to protect old-growth and wilderness forests by

implementing a comprehensive plantation strategy.

Senator Herron, from 1 403 petitioners requesting a Senate inquiry

into the Government's spending of more than $250 000 on the sex guide

published in the December 1994 issue of Cleo magazine.

Senator Herron, from 224 petitioners requesting that the Senate call

on the Federal Government to provide resources for health education

programs that address the real needs of young Australians and promote

sound medical advice.

Senator Kemp, from 7 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.

Senator Kemp, from 12 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to ensure that Australia remain a constitutional monarchy with

Her Majesty the Queen of Australia as Head of State.

Senator Woodley, from 136 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to make a widows allowance available to women over 50 who were

widowed, separated or divorced after they turned 40 years of age.

Senator Bell, from 160 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to stop the mining and export of uranium, to dissuade other

nations from nuclear weapons testing and to call on the Minister for

Foreign Affairs to argue the illegality of nuclear weapons before the

International Court of Justice.

Senator Denman, from 150 petitioners requesting that the Senate oppose

the lifting of a ban on the importation of Canadian Pacific salmon.

Senator Jones, from 71 petitioners requesting that the Senate condemn

the French Government for its decision to resume nuclear testing at

Mururoa Atoll.

Senator MacGibbon, from 583 petitioners requesting that the Senate

oppose the passage of the Child Care Legislation Amendment Bill 1995.

Senator Parer, from 184 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to ban from import those products the production of which

employs children in degrading and inhuman conditions.