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PETITIONS

The following 41 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Haines, from 252 petitioners praying that the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards be rejected.

Senator Crowley, from 23 petitioners praying that home loan interest rates be reduced.

Senator Durack, from 75 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 Crichton-Browne, from 47 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to reject any proposal to introduce a tax on gold mining or prospecting.

Senator Robertson, from 35 petitioners praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Brownhill, from 24 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the Australian Bill of Rights and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Bills.

Senators Michael Baume, Peter Baume, Brownhill, Mason and McIntosh, from 115, 399, 264, 789 and 266 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to retain the Anzac Rifle Range in Malabar, NSW.

Senators Macklin, Mason and Vigor, from 34, 438 and 43 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate pass the Independent and Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Bill 1986.

Senator Robertson, from 15 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to provide medical aid to the victims of the Chernobyl accident and persuade the Soviet Union to close all similar power stations to allow for construction of protective structures, and to permit international inspection of these measures.

Senator Vallentine, from 18 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to prohibit the entry of nuclear weapons into Australia.

Senator Robertson, from 39 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to support an inquiry into the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and support the elimination of Russian nuclear influence from the Ukraine.

Senators Brownhill and Crichton-Browne, 2 petitions, similar in wording, from 100 and 21 petitioners, respectively, praying that the fringe benefits tax legislation be repealed.

Senator Michael Baume, from 40 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to restore funding for ""English as a Second Language'' programs and multicultural education.

Senator Macklin, from 38 petitioners praying that the Senate urge the Government to support the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Bill 1986.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 16 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to exempt schools from fringe benefits taxes.

Senators Michael Baume, Crichton-Browne and Knowles, from 739, 28 and 7 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate request the Government to protect the right of employees to choose a superannuation scheme and to recognise only those schemes which provide genuine superannuation.

Senator Durack, from 16 petitioners praying that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be the subject of a referendum.

Senator Durack, from 28 petitioners praying that the Senate act to protect society from moral pollution and its harmful effects.

Senator Crichton-Browne, from 69 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to ensure that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation maintains the local content of rural radio programs such as the ""Country Hour''.

Senator Macklin, from 14 petitioners praying that the Human Rights Commission, or any body that replaces it, be allocated adequate resources.

Senators Michael Baume, Peter Baume, Brownhill, Macklin and Mason, each from 18 petitioners, and Senator Vigor, from 14 petitioners, praying that the Senate reject proposals for a national identification card system and Data Protection Agency.

Senator Zakharov, from 18 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 Vigor, from 60 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983 [1985].

Senators Mason and Zakharov, from 534 and 19 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate facilitate the acceptance and resettlement of Cambodian refugees upon closure of the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp in Thailand.

Senator Mason, from 156 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the imposition of a tertiary education administration charge or reduce the charge for non full-time students.

Senator Grimes, from 606 petitioners praying that a child care centre be provided for Exmouth, Western Australia.

Petitioning Letter: Senator Hamer, by leave, presented a letter from 58 Australian citizens objecting to the withdrawal of the private hospitals subsidy.

Ordered-That the petitioning letter be received.