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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 959

Senator McINTOSH —I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Will the Government express its strong support for a proposal by members of the Association of South East Asian Nations to move towards establishing a nuclear free zone for the region?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I indicated yesterday in the course of a speech on Senator Chipp's private member's Bill that the further exploration of the Indian Ocean zone of peace concept was an initiative that the Government was anxious to continue. As to anything else that might be subsumed by the honourable senator's question, I will seek an early response from the Minister for Foreign Affairs.