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Thursday, 6 March 2003
Page: 9358

Senator RIDGEWAY (New South Wales) (9.55 a.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) respected world leaders such as Pope John Paul II and Mr Nelson Mandela have called for war against Iraq to be avoided,

(ii) the Pope said `the future of humanity can never be assured by the logic of war', and called for a day of fasting on Ash Wednesday to remind people of the long years of suffering endured by the Iraqi people,

(iii) that Mr Mandela said `the problems are such that for anyone with a conscience (who) can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace', and has warned President Bush that his administration risks destroying the United Nations if it attacks Iraq without international support;

(b) notes also that Interpol have urged the world's police forces to prepare for an increase in terror attacks in the event of a war, warning that terrorist groups like al-Qaeda could use the war as a pretext to increase attacks; and

(c) urges the Australian Government to stay out of a war with Iraq with regard to Australia's international standing and the clearly expressed views of the Australian people.

Question negatived.