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AUSTRALIAN WATERS (NUCLEAR-POWERED SHIPS AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROHIBITION) BILL 1984 [1985]

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ''That'', insert: ''(1) The Senate is of the opinion that- (a) continued access by United States and United Kingdom nuclear-powered ships, and of nuclear-capable ships, is vital for the maintenance of peace and an effective stable deterrence; and

(b) unilateral disarmament measures can only undermine the cause of peace and contribute to instability.

(2) The Senate- (a) expresses concern at the attempt unilaterally to place restrictions on the military forces of Australia and its allies, and strongly is of the view that disarmament measures should occur only as part of a mutual and balanced reduction of arms with effective verification and compliance; and

(b) is of the view that Australia has a significant role to play in the search for peace and disarmament but recognises that Australia's influence in disarmament fora is dependent upon our continuing to help in the maintenance of an effective deterrent''.

Debate ensued.

Senator McIntosh addressing the Chair

And it being 10.30 p.m.-