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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Townley, from 158 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Minister for Foreign Affairs to raise with the U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister the return of the Church of Mary Queen of Peace to the religious worshippers of Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Senator McClelland, from 60 petitioners of New South Wales praying that the maintenance of an efficient, effective, public telegram service be ensured.

Senators Reid and Ryan, from 61 and 99 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that taxis be permitted to use the Civic Public Transport Interchange, Canberra.

Senators Childs, McLaren, Robertson, Siddons, Evans, Hearn, Colston, McIntosh, Ryan and Elstob, from 17, 16, 19, 36, 16, 17, 22, 24, 16 and 25 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.

Senators Button and Primmer, from 840 and 41 petitioners, respectively, praying that employees not be retrenched from the Australian aircraft manufacturing industry until Parliament has considered the findings of the Joint Committee inquiry into the industry.