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Monday, 9 September 1996
Page: 3053


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

   (i)   that the vote on the draft Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) will be taken to the United Nations General Assembly by Australia in the week beginning 8 September 1996,

   (ii)   that India and possibly the G21 countries have refused to sign on the basis of the entry into force provisions, which undermine the basis of the treaty, and

   (iii)   with concern, that the Australian Government's acceptance of the current CTBT draft will protect the P5 nuclear weapons states by allowing them to coerce smaller nations into signing without any concessions for disarmament or entry into force by the large nuclear weapons powers; and

(b)   calls on the Australian Government to act with courage to strengthen the entry into force provisions so the CTBT does not remain a token document without key signatories.