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PETITIONS

The following 7 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senator Bell, from 105 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 Bourne, from 117 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 Campbell, from 139 petitioners requesting that the Senate call

on the Government to publish full details of the Cabinet decision to

fund Dr Carmen Lawrence's legal challenges to the Western Australian

Royal Commission into the Easton matter and to reverse the decision

immediately.

Senator Coulter, from 108 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to protect all Australia's remaining natural heritage forests

and implement sustainable plantation forestry practices.

Senator Coulter, from 106 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

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

comprehensive plantation strategy.

Senator McGauran, from 48 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

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

Senator West, from 316 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.

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

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

Senator Childs, from 285 petitioners requesting that East Timorese in

Australia be given refugee status if they have suffered persecution

under the Indonesian Government, should not be forced to resettle in a

third country and that a decision on refugee status be made quickly.

Senator Campbell, from 44 petitioners requesting that the Senate call

on the Government to publish full details of the Cabinet decision to

fund Dr Carmen Lawrence's legal challenges to the Western Australian

Royal Commission into the Easton matter and to reverse the decision

immediately.

Senator Chamarette, from 18 petitioners protesting against the

development of a luxury resort complex at the temple of Tanah Lot in

Indonesia, believing that the development is a threat to the Balinese

people, their religion, culture and environment.

Senator Woods, from 2 525 petitioners requesting support in saving the

Muslims in Bosnia from the onslaught by Serb forces.

Senator Bourne, from 87 petitioners requesting that the Australian

Government take action to immediately stop the increase in fees for

the Australian Amateur Radio Service.

Senator Jacinta Collins, from 18 petitioners supporting the

Ngarrindjeri women of South Australia and the protection of their

sites, heritage and culture in the Kumarangk/Goolwa area.