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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Bjelke-Petersen, Boswell, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, Jessop, Lajovic and Peter Rae, from 12, 17, 3, 78, 11 and 30 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 Lajovic and Ryan, from 21 and 29 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Lajovic, from 23 petitioners praying that the proposal to build an airport in the North-Western region of Sydney, commonly called Scheyville, be rejected and that the findings of the MANS Committee be endorsed.

Senator Lajovic, from 46 petitioners praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be not ratified.

Senator Peter Rae, from 100 petitioners praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.

Senators Jessop and Robertson, from 47 and 92 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senator Reid, from 19 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.

Senators Bjelke-Petersen and Zakharov, from 95 and 69 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate make certain amendments to the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 and ensure that a conscience vote on the Bill is permitted to all members of Parliament.

Senator Foreman, from 18 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to remove taxes from materials used in home building and home purchasing.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 10 petitioners praying that no measures be taken to legalise drug usage and that the Government increase support facilities for drug users.