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The following 13 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Vigor, from 422 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.

Senator Chaney, from 534 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to abandon the proposed tax on fringe benefits.

Senator Durack, from 224 petitioners praying that the Senate pass a motion that the existing Australian National Flag be changed only with the approval of the nation as expressed in a referendum.

Senator Peter Rae, from 5 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be reconsidered and rejected.

Senators Sir John Carrick, Chaney, Puplick, Richardson and Sibraa, from 91, 135, 115, 100 and 84 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 Puplick, from 48 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to take action concerning the continued abuse of human rights in East Timor and to raise that issue in the United Nations.

Senator Zakharov, from 47 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.

Senator Sheil, from 63 petitioners praying that the Senate reject certain tax proposals which are outlined in the Government's White Paper of May 1985.

Senator Boswell, from 39 petitioners praying that the decision to allow privileges and travel entitlements to homosexual staff of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation be reversed.