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PETITIONS

The following 43 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator MacGibbon, from 14 petitioners praying that the Australian flag be not changed without the consent of the people in a referendum.

Senator Sanders, from 11 petitioners praying that the lease of the Pine Gap Defence Space Research Facility be terminated one year from October 1986, and that the future use of the facility be subject to public debate and ratification by the Parliament.

Senators Peter Baume and Robertson, from 19 and 84 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to intercede with Soviet authorities for the early release of Lidija Lasmane-Doronina from a labour camp.

Senators Michael Baume, Brownhill and Robertson, 3 petitions similar in wording, from 17, 127 and 69 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to pass on the full benefit of lower international oil prices to the Australian public.

Senator Peter Baume, from 19 petitioners praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Haines, from 360 petitioners praying that home loan interest rates be reduced.

Senators Peter Baume, Bjelke-Petersen, Brownhill, Sir John Carrick, Morris, Reid and Robertson, from 383, 21, 73, 226, 19, 2 and 56 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senators Bolkus, Evans, Jessop, Reid (2), Robertson (2) and Sheil (2), 9 petitions similar in wording, from 40, 9, 281, 11, 46, 8, 6, 582 and 1719 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.

Senators Jessop (3) and Robertson, 4 petitions similar in wording, from 34, 21, 84 and 25 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senator Brownhill, from 222 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.

Senator Brownhill, from 23 petitioners praying that the Senate reject certain tax proposals which are outlined in the Government's White Paper of May 1985.

Senator Zakharov, from 54 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to close the joint Australian-United States electronic communications facilities at the Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria.

Senator Zakharov, from 33 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 Vallentine, from 59 petitioners praying that the Constitution be reformed to recognise significant expressions of public concern and that a committee to represent public requests be formed.

Senator Vallentine, from 186 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to refuse entry to Australian ports to all foreign warships.

Senator Vigor, from 73 petitioners praying that the practice of petrol companies controlling petrol retail outlets which are in competition with independent retailers be outlawed.

Senator Robertson, from 67 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to protect the right of employees to choose their own superannuation scheme and recognise only those schemes which provide genuine superannuation.

Senator Messner, from 36 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to introduce its capital gains tax legislation and that this legislation be opposed in the Senate.

Senator Sanders, from 112 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to propose to the United States Government that continuation of the Pine Gap lease depends on their agreeing to Soviet proposals for a nuclear disarmament program.

Senators Bolkus, Foreman and Maguire, from 53, 60 and 62 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to do all in its power to improve the quality and funding mechanisms for child care services.

Senator Sanders, from 291 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reallocate taxes collected from conscientious objectors to war from military-related expenditure into a Peace Tax Fund.

The following petitions, not in conformity with the Standing Orders were, by leave, presented by Senator Mason and received:

From 32 petitioners requesting that sub-section 28 (1) of the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be blocked.

From 33 petitioners requesting that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be rejected.

Petitioning Letter: Senator Jessop, by leave, presented a letter from 9 Australian citizens objecting to the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985.