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The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senators Baume and Robertson, from 28 and 32 petitioners, respectively, praying that support be shown for the Government's education policies regarding Government and non-Government school funding.

Senator Baume, from 19 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 Robertson, from 27 petitioners praying that the Government not legislate for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises.

Senator Robertson, from 10 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Primmer, from 233 petitioners praying that the Senate take certain action to protect employment and technological expertise in the consumer electronic equipment and component industries.

Senator Gietzelt, from 464 petitioners praying that no action be taken to establish a non-official Post Office at Southgate Shopping Complex, Sydney.