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Wednesday, 31 August 1994
Page: 621


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)views, with alarm, the lack of progress towards a comprehensive test ban treaty at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva;

  (b)shares with the governments of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, Germany, all members of the non-aligned movement and many other states the conviction that a comprehensive test ban treaty can be concluded by April 1995 when the future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will be decided;

  (c)notes that, in addition to providing the means to stop nuclear proliferation, a comprehensive test ban treaty is widely regarded as a litmus test of the nuclear weapons states' commitment to fulfilling their obligations under the treaty;

  (d)expresses its concern at the failure of countries to agree to the draft treaty by June 1994 which was to be the basis for negotiations; and

  (e)urges the Government to do everything within its power to bring about an agreement in the international community for a comprehensive test ban treaty before April 1995.