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PETITIONS

The following 20 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Vanstone, from 5 petitioners praying that the proposed cut-back of funding for pre-school and child care services be reversed.

Senator Macklin, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) Bill 1985.

Senator Macklin, from 49 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose any sections of the proposed Veterans' Entitlements Bill which would have the effect of reducing veterans' benefits, including that which seeks to change the onus of proof.

Senator Macklin, from 36 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to ensure that no nuclear weapons are allowed into Australia, that all uranium mining cease in Australia and that the Senate urge the Government to encourage the United States and the Soviet Union to stop the nuclear arms race.

Senator Boswell, from 21 petitioners praying that former legislation banning the entry into Australia and sale of hard-core pornographic and violent videos and publications be re-enacted.

Senator Button, from 237 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the concessional rate of duty on old cars and car parts be maintained.

Senator Mason, from 425 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that previous veterans' legislation concerning servicemen, servicewomen and their dependents' entitlements be restored.

Senator Chipp, from 122 petitioners praying that the Senate support Senator Chipp's various legislative measures dealing with the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Senator Bolkus, from 191 petitioners praying that home loan interest rates be reduced.

Senators Chaney, Coates, Crichton-Browne, Durack, Mason, Teague and Withers, from 115, 340, 253, 496, 93, 45 and 104 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 450 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to remain consistent in its obligations to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and take action to prevent the operation of legalised brothels in Victoria.

Senator Button, from 72 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the protection of the Otway forests in Victoria and refuse any licence to export woodchips from the Otways.

Senator Chipp, from 15 petitioners praying that the Senate support the establishment of an Australian Aerospace Agency to manage aerospace and related technology programs.

Senator Chaney, from 549 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to abandon the proposed tax on fringe benefits.