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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Button, Baume, Sir John Carrick, Chipp, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Harradine, Macklin, Maguire, Messner, Peter Rae, Robertson, Ryan, Scott and Sibraa, from 121, 163, 655, 22, 179, 576, 11, 357, 216, 34, 626, 1633, 325 and 57 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Giles, from 30 petitioners praying that legislation be passed to eliminate discrimination in all areas of Commonwealth employment and in the payment of unemployment benefits.

Senator Chipp, from 1188 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to change the proposed Medicare Scheme to allow the private health insurance industry to be agents for the scheme.

Senator Giles, from 40 petitioners praying that the maintenance of an efficient, effective public telegram service be ensured.

Senator Macklin, from 1240 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to ensure that no nuclear weapons are allowed into Australia, that all uranium mining cease in Australia and that the Senate urge the Government to encourage the United States and the Soviet Union to stop the nuclear arms race.

Senators Collard, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Harradine, Macklin, Martin and Walters, from 3, 7, 6, 21, 2 and 4 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Defence Service Homes Act be amended to enable all ex-service women who served Australia in World War II to qualify for Defence Service Home Loans.

Senator Giles, from 32 petitioners 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.

Senators Martin and Ryan, from 142 and 99 petitioners, respectively, praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be ratified.

Senator Giles, from 335 petitioners praying that proposals for the establishment of a new Community Youth Support Scheme project in the subdivisions of Duncraig and Wanneroo be granted.

Senators Macklin and Martin, from 106 and 43 petitioners, respectively, praying that the requirements for tertiary fees for overseas students be reviewed.

Senator Giles, from 190 petitioners praying that proposals for the establishment of a new Community Youth Support Scheme project in the subdivision of Girrawheen be granted.

Senator Sibraa, from 202 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to communicate to the Government of the USSR the wish of the petitioners that the Church of Mary Queen of Peace be restored to the Catholics of Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Senator Gietzelt, from 13 petitioners praying that a Senate Select Committee on Nuclear Disarmament and Peace be established to investigate the creation of a Ministry of Peace and Nuclear Disarmament.

Senator Robertson, from 916 petitioners praying that the proposed railway from Adelaide to Darwin be completed.

Senator Macklin, from 18 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to prevent the construction of a uranium enrichment plant in South-East Queensland and reject all applications for the export of products from and foreign investment in uranium enrichment plants.

Senator Robert Ray, from 113 petitioners praying that the National Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation be commissioned to conduct a nation-wide study on sexual discrimination and that legislation be introduced to outlaw sexual discrimination based on the results of the study.