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Tuesday, 20 September 1994
Page: 982


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes recent comments by former Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Fraser that United States (US) intelligence has been of little value in the past and that he could not recall a single instance in his 28 years in politics where US intelligence would have altered the decision of any Australian Government;

  (b)acknowledges that the role of the US bases at Pine Gap and Nurrungar are no longer necessary now that the Cold War is over and Australia is self-sufficient in intelligence gathering;

  (c)recognises that the technology of Pine Gap and Nurrungar is out-dated and the US itself is searching for methods of satellite to satellite communications to avoid having ground bases to process information; and

  (d)calls on the Government to cancel the leases for Pine Gap and Nurrungar in 1995 and give the US Government 3 years notice for them to leave.