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PETITIONS

The following 8 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received:

Senator Mason, from 13 petitioners praying that the Senate defer any action on the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 for a period of 12 months.

Senator Zakharov, from 26 petitioners praying that the Senate recognise the widespread public opposition to plant variety rights and promote alternative incentives for plant breeding in Australia.

Senator Walters, from 9 petitioners praying that the Senate reject any proposal for an identification card system.

Senator Walters, from 200 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure the stability of Tasmania's forestry industry by requesting the Government to abide by the Memorandum of Understanding between the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments.

Senator Evans, from 24 petitioners praying that there be established a legal process for prosecuting alleged war criminals resident in Australia which is both clearly defined and equitable.

Senator Richardson, from 240 petitioners praying that the Senate support the Australia Card Bill 1986.

Senator Archer, from 13 petitioners praying that the Senate oppose the introduction of a compulsory identification card and request the Government to take alternative steps to prevent tax evasion and other fraudulent practices.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 28 petitioners praying that the Senate request the Government to approach the Soviet Union to seek the release of Raoul Wallenberg.