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Wednesday, 5 September 1984
Page: 438


Senator CHIPP (Leader of the Australian Democrats) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate notes with grave concern the failure of the Soviet Union and the United States to pursue negotiations to control and reduce the nuclear arms race, and in doing so-

(a) deplores the actions of the Soviet Union, which:

(i) continues to deploy SS-20 nuclear missiles targeted on the people of Europe ,

(ii) refuses to proceed with unconditional negotiations on intermediate nuclear forces in Europe, and

(iii) continues to develop new nuclear missiles;

(b) deplores the actions of an ally of Australia, the Reagan Administration, which:

(i) rejects the concept of an equitable and mutually verifiable nuclear freeze; continues to threaten the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972 by proceeding with the Strategic Defence Initiative to create a space-based ballistic missile defence,

(ii) is proceeding with plans to build another 29,000 nuclear warheads in the next decade, many of which will be first-strike, nuclear war-fighting weapons; and

(c) calls on the Government to transmit to the Governments of the United States and the Soviet Union the Senate's opinion that there will be no progress towards arms control or disarmament so long as their present policy of escalating the construction of nuclear weapons continues.