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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2389


Senator ROBERTSON —I seek leave to present a petition which arrived too late in this morning's mail to be presented.

Leave granted.

Senator ROBERTSON-I present the following petition from 158 citizens:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

1. We are Australians who support nuclear disarmament.

2. The world is closer to nuclear war than at any time since World War II. This ultimate catastrophe can and must be avoided by ordinary people raising their voices and taking action against the threat of nuclear destruction.

3. We identify with the massive worldwide movement for a nuclear-free future- for a 'freeze' on all nuclear weapons testing, production and deployment, as an immediate first step towards complete disarmament.

4. Australians are not remote from nuclear danger-we are very much involved and threatened.

5. We can contribute to the growing global movement for a peaceful world by opposing Australian involvement in activities and strategies likely to lead to a nuclear holocaust.

To achieve this, we call on the Australian Government to:

Support actively the United Nations' World Disarmament Campaign and to commit itself never to introduce, or allow to be introduced, nuclear weapons into Australia.

Undertake not to update or expand existing nuclear related foreign military installations on Australian territory nor permit the establishment of any new ones.

Remove all nuclear related military installations since these contribute to the ability to conduct nuclear attacks and are likely targets in case of war. End all port-of-call and landing rights arrangements granted to foreign nuclear forces, including nuclear-armed or nuclear-powered vessels and aircraft.

Support the establishment of nuclear-free zones in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, including the banning of all nuclear testing and waste dumping.

End the mining and export of Australian uranium.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.