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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3460

Question No. 380


Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 24 August 1983:

(1) Did part of paragraph 15 of the final document of the 10th Special Session on Disarmament of the United Nations General Assembly state it is essential that not only governments but also the peoples of the world recognise and understand the dangers and, in order that an international conscience may develop and world public opinion may exercise a positive influence, the United Nations should increase information on the armaments race and disarmament with the co-operation of member States.

(2) Did the Second Special Session on Disarmament (SSOD II) propose and launch a world disarmament campaign to focus on elected representatives, media, non- government organisations, educational communities and peace research institutes.

(3) Did SSOD II also propose (a) a world conference on the role of mass media, (b) a council of consciences, being persons eminent in spiritual, scientific, cultural and philosophical fields, (c) collection of signatures for disarmament, (d) banning war movies and toys and (e) publicity and materials for talks by statements from government and institutes.

(4) What steps has Australia taken to initiate implementation of these proposals.

(5) Can he say what audio-visual materials on disarmament from the UN disarmament library and UNICEF are available from the National Library of Australia.


Mr Hayden —The answers to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) Yes.

(3) The proposals listed at 3 (a) to 3 (e) are among a number of proposals made by various delegations to SSOD II for inclusion in the world disarmament campaign.

(4) Australia has not implemented any of these proposals as such; but it has contributed $30,000 to the world disarmament campaign and my Department has increased its output of information material on disarmament and related issues.

(5) The Minister for Home Affairs and Environment has provided the following information in response to part 5 of the question:

'The National Library of Australia advises that it has no holdings of audiovisual materials on disarmament from the United Nations Disarmament Library or UNICEF.'