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The following 8 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Reid, from 147 petitioners praying that staffing cuts in Australian Capital Territory government schools and TAFE colleges be not implemented.

Senator Reid, from 95 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the recommendation of the Vinson inquiry that an abortion clinic be established in Canberra.

Senator Short, from 5665 petitioners praying that the Senate not support the passage of the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985.

Senator Jones, from 1004 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure that no tax be imposed on health fund contributions or benefits.

Senator Collard, from 201 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose any action which would give ownership of Ayers Rock and Uluru National Park to any single group in the community.

Senator Collard, from 34 petitioners praying that sales tax on Australian produced wine be removed and other measures taken to assist the grape producing industry.

Senator Chipp, from 22 petitioners praying that the imperial system of measurement be restored.

Senator Vallentine, from 1051 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to remove dangers to the earth's ecology imposed by uranium mining and processing and that the Government's policies towards foreign military and communications bases and nuclear-powered or armed vessels and aircraft be altered.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by Senator Reid and received:

From 770 petitioners requesting that the Senate oppose the Australian Capital Territory Teachers' Federation policy of active non-co-operation with staff and students of non-government schools.