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PETITIONS

The following petitions, presented by the Senators indicated, were received and read: Senator Macklin, from 72 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate urge the Government to increase funding to the University of Queensland to enable library facilities to be restored to their former level.

Senator Gietzelt, from 42 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 Harradine, from 187 citizens of Australia praying that the base pension be increased to thirty per cent of average weekly earnings and indexed thereafter.

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Peter Baume, from 156 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to hold a referendum on the question that the entire area of the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding waters be immediately declared a marine park under the provisions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.

Senators Scott and Peter Baume, from 18 and 38 citizens of Australia, respectively, praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senator Jessop, from 82 citizens of Australia praying that the Senate take action to halt the mining, milling and export of Australian uranium.

Senators Robert Ray, Primmer and Evans, from 38, 42 and 59 citizens of Australia , respectively, praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

Senator Primmer, from 17 citizens of Australia praying that the Government reject any proposal to establish plant variety rights in Australia.

Senator Primmer, from 17 citizens of Australia praying that the Parliament refrain from enacting any plant variety rights legislation.