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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 95

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth that . . .

1. The Watsonia Army Barracks contains electronic communication facilities, operated by Australian and American personnel, that gives the United States the ability to pin-point Soviet nuclear submarines, hidden in the Oceans.

2. This would make it possible for U.S. killer-submarines to destroy all Soviet nuclear submarines, while the U.S. nuclear submarines launch their missiles in a ''first strike'' attack. This makes Watsonia a potential nuclear target. A nuclear attack on Watsonia would have a disastrous effect on Melbourne.

3. The ''joint U.S.-Australian'' bases in Australia endanger rather than protect us. They also add a new menace to the nuclear arms race, that must be stopped.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should close the ''joint Australian-U.S.'' electronic communication facilities in the Watsonia Army Barracks.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.