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Tuesday, 16 October 1984
Page: 1699

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

That the Senate-

(a) convinced that some unions are outside Government control, even in defence matters and so cannot be relied upon to service naval vessels of friendly countries, as evidenced by the fact that HMS Invincible was unable to receive repairs at an Australian dry dockyard;

(b) aware of just how short-sighted the attitude of the Minister for Defence is when he agrees that Australia will have time to prepare against any attack on Australia;

(c) aware that we are now spending almost as much on interest on the public debt of this country as we are on defence;

(d) is of the opinion that ANZUS has effectively been destroyed by the Hawke Labor Party combined with the New Zealand Labour Party and the Government is therefore failing in its prime requirement of any government to protect its people; and

calls upon the Government to recognise the danger to all of Australia of the destruction of ANZUS and to take the necessary urgent action to correct the situation before it is too late.