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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 2837

To the Honourable the President of the Senate and Senators.

We, the undersigned citizens of Australia, believing that Australia should not host nuclear weapons in its territory or in Australian waters; and that the presence of nuclear-armed warships makes a priority nuclear target of ports being visited; and that the safety precautions for handling and deployment of nuclear weapons are inadequate to guarantee safety from accidents; and that the following warships, all capable of launching nuclear weapons deployed in the British or United States navies, will be in Australia between 29 September to 30 October-HMS Illustrious, HMS Beaver, HMS Fort Grange, HMS Manchester, HMS Amazon, HMS Olmeda, USS Missouri, USS Paul F. Foster, USS Oldendorf; and that these warships capable of carrying nuclear weapons will be participating in the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy.

We therefore call upon the Australian Government to:

prohibit the entry of nuclear weapons to Australia; and to

deny access to Australian ports of foreign warships unless an assurance is received that they are not carrying nuclear weapons; and to

require that foreign warships participating in the anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy not be carrying nuclear weapons in Australian territorial waters.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.