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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Harradine and Macklin, from 43 and 128 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Giles, from 35 petitioners 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.