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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read:

Senator Mason, from 381 citizens of Australia praying that the Government remove sales tax from solar water heaters and provide income tax deductibility for costs of installation.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 64 citizens of Australia praying that the Government act to prevent downgrading or closure of the St Lucia, Queensland, Post Office.

Senator Colston, from 21 citizens of Australia praying that the Government act to prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Macklin, on behalf of Senator Chipp, from 31 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reject any proposal to establish plant breeders' rights in Australia.

Senator Martin, from 12 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue to support and further encourage the National Women's Advisory Council.

Senator Colston, from 81 citizens of Australia praying that the Government refuse export permits covering mineral sands mined on Moreton Island.

Senator Childs, from 1150 citizens of Australia praying that the Government not increase or impose sales taxes on printed goods or paper products but instead introduce a resource rental tax for foreign mining companies.

Senators Mason and Giles, from 41 and 224 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government continue to fund the Community Youth Support Scheme.

Senator Colston, from 258 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate conduct an urgent inquiry into the abolition of the Community Youth Support Scheme.

Senator Coates, from 611 citizens of Australia praying that the Government act to prevent the closure of Aspect House, a facility for handicapped children in New Town, Tasmania.

Senator Mason, on behalf of Senator Chipp, from 674 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Institute of Early Childhood Development as an autonomous institution.

Senator Mason, on behalf of Senator Chipp, from 210 citizens of Australia praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for development works such as dams or roads.

Senator Mason, on behalf of Senator Chipp, from 1986 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate support or initiate a Federal inquiry into the proposed development of South West Tasmania, and not allow funds to be allocated for the construction of dams in that region.

Senator Bjelke-Petersen, from 23 citizens of Australia praying that the Government restore the Imperial system of measurement.

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Mason, from 90 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented earlier by him, relating to the preservation of South West Tasmania.

Senator Mason, from 44 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented earlier by him, relating to the proposed development of South West Tasmania.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Grimes, from 603 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject any proposal to transfer the Australian Government Publishing Service bookshops to the private sector.

Senator Ryan, from 21 citizens of Australia, similar in wording to the petition presented by Senator Mason relating to the preservation of South West Tasmania.

Senator McClelland, from 64 citizens of Australia praying that the Government increase pensions and benefits to at least thirty per cent of the national average weekly male earnings; remove the means and income tests for pensioner health benefits; re-introduce Medibank; and provide $200 million for State housing authorities.