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PETITIONS

The following 16 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Colston, McKiernan, Reynolds and Spindler, from 720, 46, 184

and 26 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 Alston, Short and Spindler, from 400, 411 and 600

petitioners, respectively, requesting that the Senate take action to

reform the Family Law Act and the Child Support Scheme.

Senators Bell and Reynolds, from 15 and 75 petitioners, respectively,

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 Bell, from 23 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 Coulter, from 1 007 petitioners requesting that the Senate

take action to protect old-growth and wilderness forests by

implementing a comprehensive plantation strategy.

Senator Harradine, from 8 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 Harradine, from 31 petitioners requesting that the Senate

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

Senator Spindler, from 30 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to ensure that substantial overseas aid is provided for

training programs for clearing landmines, and urge the Government to

use international forums to promote the Inhumane Weapons Convention

and prohibit landmines.

Senator Woodley, from 18 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 Harradine, from 630 petitioners requesting that the Senate

oppose legislation that would jeopardise the freedoms and rights of

schools and religious institutions or force them to compromise their

distinctive moral values.