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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1101

The Clerk-Petitions have been lodged for presentation as follows:

Joint Australian-United States Electronic Communication Facility, Watsonia Army Barracks, Victoria

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth that:

1. The Watsonia Army Barracks contains electronic communication facilities, operated by Australian and American personel, that gives the United States the ability to pin-point soviet nuclear submarines, hidden in the Oceans.

2. This would make it possible for U.S. killer-submarines to destroy all Soviet nuclear submarines, while the U.S. nuclear submarines launch their missiles in a ''first strike'' attack. This makes Watsonia a potential nuclear target. A nuclear attack on Watsonia would have a disastrous effect on Melbourne.

3. The 'joint U.S.-Australian' bases in Australia endanger rather than protect us. They also add a new menace to nuclear arms race, that must be stopped.

Your Petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should close the 'Joint Australian-U.S.' electronic communication facilities in the Watsonia Army barracks.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.