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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Peter Rae, from 45 petitioners praying that the Government provide funds for the preservation of South West Tasmania but not for development works such as dams or roads.

Senator Peter Rae, from 23 petitioners praying that the Government restore the Imperial system of measurement.

Senators Button and Bolkus, from 137 and 23 petitioners of Victoria and South Australia, respectively, praying that the Government ensure the maintenance of an efficient, effective public telegram service.

Senator Sibraa, from 19 petitioners praying that the Family Law Act and the Marriage Act be amended to strengthen the institution of marriage.

Senators Coates, Robert Ray and Walsh, from 18, 21 and 18 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Parliament urge the Government to establish a Royal Commission to investigate the effects on Vietnam veterans of the use of toxic chemicals in the Vietnam war.

Senator Colston, from 20 petitioners praying that the Government undertake television rating surveys during holiday periods to encourage the broadcasting of quality television programmes at those times.

Senator McLaren, from 22 petitioners praying that the generous terms of a Commonwealth home loan granted to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Anthony, be granted to the thousands of home buyers suffering undue hardship because of high interest rates.

Senator Bolkus, from 21 petitioners of South Australia praying that the Senate request the Government to immediately extend the operations of the Special Broadcasting Service Channel 0/28 to Adelaide.

Senators Bolkus and Robert Ray, from 19 and 9 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Government take stringent and immediate action against tax avoidance and evasion.