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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Watson, from 34 citizens of Australia praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator McLaren, from 27 citizens of South Australia praying that the Government extend the generous terms of the Commonwealth Home Loan granted to a Minister to the thousands of young couples suffering undue hardship because of high interest rates.

Senator Mason, from 37 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to communicate to the Government of the U.S.S.R. the wish of the petitioners that the Church of Mary Queen of Peace be restored to the Catholics of Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Senator Childs, from 1308 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.

Senator Button, from 3379 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate call on the Government to halt the closure of manual assistance telephone exchanges pending a parliamentary inquiry.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Mulvihill, from 312 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to communicate to the Government of the U.S.S.R. the wish of the petitioners that the Church of Mary Queen of Peace be restored to the Catholics of Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Senator Scott, from 26 citizens of Australia praying that the Government ensure that all home blood glucose monitoring equipment is subsidised through the health fund system.

Senator Walsh, from 12 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take steps to implement the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament relating to disclosure of pecuniary interests.

Senators Peter Baume and Messner, from 192 and 82 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senators Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Primmer and Ryan, from 487, 488 and 447 citizens of Australia, respectively, 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.

Senators Peter Baume and Scott, from 2893 and 2197 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Senate call on the Government to halt the closure of manual assistance telephone exchanges pending a parliamentary inquiry.