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PETITIONS

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

Senator Giles, from 290 citizens of Australia praying that the Government continue funding the Community Youth Support Scheme.

Senator Siddons, from 267 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate reject the application of sales tax to a wide range of basic consumer items.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by the Senator indicated and received:

Senator Robertson, from 45 citizens of Australia, calling upon the Senate to oppose the introduction of plant breeders' rights or plant varietal rights bills.

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

Senators Carrick, Scott and Ryan, from 34, 42 and 29 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for development works such as dams or roads.

Senator Walsh (3), from 44, 14 and 15 citizens of Australia praying that the Government prevent the downgrading or closure of certain Western Australian post offices.

Senator Walsh, from 18 citizens of Australia praying that the Government act to prevent any downgrading of postal services to the citizens of Australia.

Senator Ryan, from 302 citizens of Australia praying that post-secondary tuition fees not be introduced; that the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme be extended; that a comprehensive loans scheme not be introduced; that Adult Secondary Assistance not be restricted; and that the proposal not to fund thirty colleges of advanced education unless they are rationalised not be proceeded with.

Senator Scott, from 6 citizens of Australia praying that taxpayers who incur child-care expenses in order to earn an income have those expenses exempt from income tax.

Senator Lajovic, from 27 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.