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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Baume, Boswell, Sir John Carrick and Robertson, from 32, 39, 22 and 402 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Georges, from 31 petitioners praying that the requirement for tertiary fees for overseas students be reviewed.

Senator Kilgariff, from 796 petitioners praying that the proposed railway from Adelaide to Darwin be completed.