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Tuesday, 26 February 1985
Page: 188

Debate resumed from 25 February, on motion by Senator Chipp:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

upon which Senator Chaney had moved by way of amendment:

Leave out all words after 'That', insert:

'(1) The Senate is of the opinion that-

(a) continued access by the United States and United Kingdom nuclear-powered ships, and of nuclear-capable ships, is vital for the maintenance of peace and an effective stable deterrence; and

(b) unilateral disarmament measures can only undermine the cause of peace and contribute to instability.

(2) The Senate-

(a) expresses concern at the attempt unilaterally to place restrictions on the military forces of Australia and its allies, and strongly is of the view that disarmament measures should occur only as part of a mutual and balanced reduction of arms with effective verification and compliance; and

(b) is of the view that Australia has a significant role to play in the search for peace and disarmament but recognises that Australia's influence in disarmament fora is dependent upon our continuing to help in the maintenance of an effective deterrent.'.