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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 60

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

1. The Agreement between the United States of America and Australia concerning the Joint Defence Space Research Facility in Pine Gap terminates on 19 October 1986.

2. In the event of war between the United States and the Soviet Union, access by the United States to Pine Gap's facilities makes it a probable nuclear target.

3. Access by all nations to Pine Gap's capacity to monitor and verify compliance with existing and future nuclear limitations treaties could contribute to world peace and security.

4. The people of Australia are entitled to be consulted, through their representatives in Parliament, on any extension or modification of the Agreement affecting their lives, security and welfare.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled, should decide that-

1. The Agreement between the United States and Australia concerning the Joint Defence Space Research Facility at Pine Gap not be extended beyond October 1986.

2. Public discussion and inquiry be instituted into the feasibility of negotiating a new agreement with the United Nations during the International Year of Peace offering the verification facilities of the Pine Gap base to all nations.

3. Any agreement concerning the future use of Pine Gap be referred to Parliament for ratification.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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