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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Ryan, from 287 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to prevent the building of a residential development in Allens Creek in the Murrumbidgee Gorge Corridor of the Australian Capital Territory.

Senators Georges and Scott, from 22 and 12 petitioners, respectively, praying that the maintenance of an efficient, effective public telegram service be ensured.

Senators Kilgariff (on behalf of Senator Archer), Robertson, Georges, Peter Rae, Withers, Chaney, Lewis, Macklin and Martin, from 15, 84, 92, 30, 85, 180, 51, 99 and 140 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.