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Wednesday, 27 February 1985
Page: 248


The PRESIDENT —I inform the Senate that I have received the following letter, dated 27 February, from the Leader of the Opposition, Senator Chaney:

Dear Mr President, Pursuant to Standing Order 64, I give notice that today I propose to move-

'That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency:

The need to reassert that Australia's participation in ANZUS and the western alliance is-

(a) vital to our defence;

(b) a major contribution to the maintenance of an effective stable deterrence and the preservation of peace; and

(c) a means of increasing Australia's influence in disarmament negotiations,

and to unequivocally reject the attractive but unrealistic idea that unilateral nuclear disarmament would be an effective way to bring about an end to the arms race.'

Yours sincerely, FRED CHANEY Senator for the State of Western Australia

Is the motion supported?

More than the number of senators required by the Standing Orders having risen in their places-