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The following 15 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Messner, from 17 petitioners praying that the Senate repeal the Labor Government's assets test.

Senator Brownhill, from 119 petitioners praying that the Senate protect the rights of private enterprise and reject the introduction of any inequitable additional taxes such as capital gains taxes.

Senators Brownhill, Chipp, Cooney, Hamer, MacGibbon, Messner, Missen, Primmer, Robert Ray, Richardson, and Zakharov, from 294, 301, 380, 323, 1004, 209, 336, 345, 481, 222 and 369 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass Senator Harradine's Bill to prohibit experiments involving the use of human embryos created by in vitro fertilization.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 65 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985.

Senator Zakharov, from 9 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that no change be made to the funding of local government without the consent of representatives of local government.