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Tuesday, 2 December 1986
Page: 3115

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

This petition of the undersigned concerned citizens of Australia shows that:

the Joint Space Defence Research Facility at Pine Gap is a vital part of United States plans to fight a nuclear war, thus implicating Australia in these immoral plans;

spy satellites such as those linked to Pine Gap are used to spy on both allied and non-allied countries, including Australia;

these activities of Pine Gap are a destabilising influence in a dangerously uneasy world, raising the level of fear and distrust between nations;

the significance of Pine Gap to the United States of America is such that it is a prime nuclear target;

Pine Gap desecrates an Aboriginal dreaming track.

Your petitioners therefore strongly urge that the Australian Government give to the government of the United States of America the one year's notice required to terminate the lease on the Joint Space Defence Research Facility at Pine Gap.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.