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PETITIONS

The following 10 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senators Bell and Bourne, from 80 and 253 petitioners,

respectively,requesting that the Senate take action to protect all

Australia's remaining natural heritage forests and implement

sustainable plantation forestry practices.

Senators Harradine and Margetts from 4 342 petitioners, and Senator

Jones from 174 petitioners, requesting that the Senate support a

world-wide ban on the production, stockpiling and use of all

anti-personnel landmines.

Senator Bell, from 27 petitioners requesting that the Senate urge the

Federal Government to establish a national coastal agency with

national powers to stop the destruction of the Australian coastline.

Senator Bell, from 21 petitioners requesting that the Senate introduce

legislation requiring the National Registration Authority to provide

all available information on registered chemicals.

Senator Bourne, from 111 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 Jones, from 507 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.

Senator McKiernan, from 260 petitioners requesting that the Senate

initiate the diplomatic action necessary to bring about a reversal of

the French decision to resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific.

Senator Jacinta Collins, from 132 petitioners requesting that the

Senate call on the United Nations to work for peace in Afghanistan,

support Afghans wishing to migrate to Australia and work with

non-Government organisations to achieve reconstruction in Afghanistan.