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PETITIONS

The following 20 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators

indicated, were received:

Senator Baume, from 5 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 Baume, from 5 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 Baume, from 82 petitioners requesting that the Senate oppose

any proposals to treat unrealised capital gains and losses on listed

securities as income under the Social Security and Veterans'

Entitlements Acts.

Senator Bell, from 22 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 59 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 Bell, from 24 petitioners requesting that the Senate endorse

the December 1995 deadline established by the London Dumping

Convention to end the dumping of jarosite at sea.

Senator Bell, from 18 petitioners requesting that the independent rate

age for Austudy be decreased to 21 years, that full Austudy payments

be raised to the level of unemployment benefits and that the taxable

income threshold be increased to $8 000.

Senator Bell, from 78 petitioners requesting that the Senate reject

any proposal to increase sales tax on recycled paper products.

Senator Bourne, from 86 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 Bourne, from 89 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 Jacinta Collins, from 315 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.

Senator Jones, from 144 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 Lees, from 2 267 petitioners requesting that the Senate take

action to protect all Australia's remaining natural heritage forests

and implement sustainable plantation forestry practices.

Senator Lees, from 2 976 petitioners requesting that the Senate

support the Australian Democrats bill banning the export of uranium to

France.

Senator Margetts, from 302 petitioners requesting that the Senate call

on the World Bank for the re-negotiation of the Structural Adjustment

Program that has been imposed on Papua New Guinea.

Senator Margetts, from 137 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 Margetts, from 5 petitioners requesting that the Senate call

on the Government to support a timetable to help rid the world of

nuclear weapons.

Senator Childs, from 355 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 Abetz, from 73 petitioners requesting that the Senate call on

the ABC to reverse its decision to centralise current affairs coverage

in Sydney and to appoint a Tasmanian representative to the Board of

the ABC.

Senator Reid, from 115 petitioners requesting that the Senate oppose

plans to move the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Canberra

from Civic to Barton.

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

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

Senator McKiernan, from 264 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 Minchin, from 706 petitioners requesting that the Senate

promote the introduction of a speech therapy stream in State education

curriculums.

Senator Spindler, from 164 petitioners requesting that the Senate show

strong, continuous and vigorous opposition to French nuclear testing

in the Pacific region, stop the sale of uranium to foreign powers and

send a frigate to Mururoa Atoll.

Senator Baume, from 1 petitioner requesting that the Minister for

Human Services and Health return item 1070H thiamine hydrochloride to

the schedule of the health benefits scheme.

Senator Margetts, 6 petitions, similar in wording, from 757

petitioners requesting that the Senate support a world-wide ban on the

production, stockpiling and use of all anti-personnel landmines.

Senator Margetts, from 1 491 petitioners requesting that the Senate

take action to ensure that the leases on the Nurrungar and Pine Gap

installations not be renewed and that financial support, personnel and

resources be withdrawn from the military bases and facilities now

operating in Australia.

Senator Bell, from 14 petitioners, requesting that the Senate draft

and introduce a private bill for the restitution of property to King

Island Dairy Products Pty Ltd.