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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Childs, Robertson, Ryan, Scott and Zakharov, from 218, 188, 367, 5 and 10 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Archer, from 4 petitioners praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.

Senators Archer, Jessop, Teague and Watson, from 8, 54, 19 and 29 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Local Government (Personal Income Tax Sharing) Act 1976 be amended to provide a minimum guarantee to local government general revenue sharing arrangements.

Senators Archer, Walters and Watson, from 56, 154 and 660 petitioners, respectively, praying that the decision not to upgrade Wynyard Airport in Tasmania be reversed.

Senator Robertson, from 149 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure action is taken regarding student college accommodation and in particular that the subsidy for accommodation be restored to its former level.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen and Jessop, from 127 and 15 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it from being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senators Colston, Robertson and Zakharov from 41, 24 and 147 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Scott, from 527 petitioners praying that no further action be taken towards self-government in the Australian Capital Territory until after the publication of the findings of the Commonwealth Grants Commission Inquiry and the holding of a referendum of voters of the Australian Capital Territory.

Senator Collard, from 311 petitioners praying that the Oath of Allegiance be not changed.