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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Jones, from 6 petitioners praying that funding to the performing arts be substantially increased and the distribution of such funds be left in the hands of the Australia Council.

Senators Chipp, Button, Sir John Carrick, Jessop, Bolkus, Lewis and Baume, from 31, 36, 16, 59, 127, 63 and 14 petitioners, respectively, praying that the maintenance of an efficient, effective public telegram service be ensured.

Senator Baume, from 66 petitioners praying that sex education films produced by Film Australia in conjunction with the Family Planning Association be withdrawn from schools, that funding be stopped for the further production of such films, and that the activities of the Family Planning Association in schools be examined.

Senator Jones, from 838 petitioners praying that $8 million be allocated in the 1983-84 Budget for the preservation of Australia's heritage and that there be a supplementary allocation of $800 000 in the 1982-83 Budget.

Senator Ryan, from 15 petitioners praying that legislation be passed to eliminate all forms of discrimination in all areas under Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Senators Grimes and Bolkus, from 29 and 34 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 Jones, from 6 petitioners praying that the importation of marine mammal by-products be banned and that an international ban on the slaughter of any marine mammal be supported.

Senators Withers, Crichton-Browne and Durack, from 28, 100 and 25 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure the immediate withdrawal of the Office of Child Care from the Department of Social Security and the establishment of a Children's Commission.

Senator Jones, from 11 petitioners praying that funds be provided for the immediate construction of a Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach, Queensland.

Senator Watson, from 14 petitioners praying that the Senate take certain action to ensure equitable treatment in the provision of retirement benefits for employees in private enterprise.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 52 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Minister for Communications to grant the Good News Broadcasters a broadcasting licence in Perth.

Senator Jessop, from 120 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to press for the establishment of a uranium enrichment plant in South Australia.

Senator Jessop, from 315 petitioners praying that universal health care be re- introduced, that the concept of user pays be abolished and that funding to the States for health care be reassessed.

Senator Jessop, from 32 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that adequate funds are provided for nursing care for the aged.

Senators Dame Margaret Guilfoyle and Chipp, from 219 and 191 petitioners, respectively, praying that an attendant care allowance for disabled people be introduced.

Senator Jessop, from 1 petitioner praying that the Senate conduct an enquiry into the Australian Federal Police concerning its functions and efficiency before passing any legislation concerning a new security force.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 11 petitioners praying that the percentage of Australians of British, Irish and other caucasian background be increased and that the position of Commissioner for Community Relations be phased out.

Senator Jessop, from 35 petitioners praying that Telecom be preserved and developed as the sole provider of an integrated national telecommunications system.

Senator Jessop, from 2 petitioners praying that the Government protest to the Government of the USSR against the persecution of the Orthodox faithful in the USSR and the harassment of their relatives.

Senator Jones, from 232 petitioners praying that the Senate establish a select committee to inquire into the effects on the lives and well-being of Queensland Aborigines and Islanders of the administration of the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Islander Advancement.

Senator McIntosh, from 8827 petitioners praying that the requirement for a declaration to be completed by pensioner and health-care card holders be immediately abolished.

Senator Lewis, from 42 petitioners praying that the Senate support or initiate a Federal inquiry into proposed development in South West Tasmania and not allow funds to be allocated for the construction of dams in that region.

Senator Bolkus, from 30 petitioners praying that stringent and immediate action be taken against tax avoidance and evasion.