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Wednesday, 12 September 1984
Page: 857


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

That- (a) noting that most people in Australia well recognise that without satisfactory defence, Australia could easily be overrun by outside forces;

(b) well aware of the importance in defence of both the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean;

(c) convinced that unless satisfactory defence is obvious to those countries that have shown that they are aggressive, the likelihood of attack is much increased; and

(d) noting with deep concern the attitude of New Zealand to the defence of this area,

calls upon the Government of Australia to contact the New Zealand Government at the highest level to impress upon them the importance that Australia places upon the ANZUS treaty and requests the New Zealand Government to show some maturity in world affairs, and once again accept its responsibilities in this area.