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PETITIONS

The following 38 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Chipp, from 14 petitioners praying that laboratory experimentation upon Australian protected wildlife be prohibited.

Senator Zakharov, from 66 petitioners praying that legislation for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises be not passed.

Senators Chipp, Cooney and Zakharov, from 72, 90 and 54 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senators Haines and Messner, from 1003 and 14 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senators Crowley and Haines, from 105 and 450 petitioners, respectively, praying that home loan interest rates be reduced.

Senators Brownhill and Robertson, from 24 and 21 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Chipp, from 22 petitioners praying that all members of Parliament support the Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1985.

Senator Chipp, from 60 petitioners praying that the Senate support Senator Chipp's various legislative measures dealing with the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Senators Brownhill and Sheil, from 48 and 118 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject certain tax proposals which are outlined in the Government's White Paper of May 1985.

Senators Sir John Carrick, Knowles and Robertson, from 48, 298 and 647 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 Collard, from 11 petitioners praying that the Senate support full military co-operation between Australia and the United States for the defence security of the Australian Commonwealth.

Senators Knowles and Robertson, from 84 and 29 petitioners, respectively, praying that the assets test be repealed.

Senator Robertson, from 288 petitioners praying that the Senate not legalise the possession, sale, hire or supply of any pornographic material.

Senators Macklin and Sanders, from 105 and 25 petitioners, respectively, 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 18 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) Bill 1985.

Senators Button, Chipp, Hamer, Lewis, Robert Ray and Robertson, from 517, 507, 442, 392, 659 and 370 petitioners, respectively, 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 Sanders, from 25 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the protection of the Otway forests in Victoria and refuse any licence to export woodchips from the Otways.

Senators Brownhill and Puplick, from 376 and 233 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Amendment Bill 1985 to remove the sales tax on ice cream.

Senator Puplick, from 159 petitioners praying that the Senate take measures to reduce the interference level on the Citizens' Band Radio Service.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 96 petitioners praying that the recurrent grant to tertiary education residential colleges be reinstated.

Senator Sanders, from 8 petitioners praying that the protection of Australian historical and environmental assets be a subject for a referendum.

Senator Vigor, from 857 petitioners praying that the further development of the Belconnen Mall, Canberra, include the development of community facilities and the retention of the present child care centre.