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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-And on the amendment moved thereto by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), 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 resumed.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out (Senator Chaney's amendment) be left out-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 67

Senators- Archer Aulich Baume Bjelke-Petersen Black Bolkus Boswell Brownhill Button Carrick, Sir John Chaney Childs Coates Collard Colston Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hearn Hill Jessop Jones Kilgariff Knowles Lajovic Lewis McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Missen Parer Primmer Puplick Ray, Robert Reid Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Scott Sheil Short Sibraa Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers Zakharov

NOES, 6

Senators- Chipp Evans, Jack Haines Macklin (Teller) Mason Vigor

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

The Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans) moved an amendment to the words proposed to be inserted by Senator Chaney's amendment, viz:

Leave out the words proposed to be inserted, insert: ''(1) The Senate is of the opinion that continued access by visiting allied war ships, within the framework of appropriate safety and environmental controls as laid down by successive Australian Governments, is essential for the effective operation of the ANZUS Alliance.

(2) The Senate is further of the view that Australia's membership of the ANZUS Alliance has a significant role to play in advancing Australia's influence in disarmament forums''. Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out (Senator Gareth Evans' amendment to Senator Chaney's amendment) be left out-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 33

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Button Childs Coates Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

NOES, 39

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chaney Chipp Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Evans, Jack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff Knowles Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Mason Missen Parer Puplick Reid (Teller) Scott Sheil Short Teague Townley Vanstone Vigor Walters Watson Withers

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted (Senator Chaney's amendment) be inserted-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 33

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff Knowles Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Missen Parer Puplick Reid (Teller) Scott Sheil Short Teague Townley Vanstone Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 39

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coates Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh McKiernan Macklin Maguire Mason Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov

And so it was negatived.

The President drew attention to the fact that all that was left of Senator Chipp's motion was the word ''That'' which, by itself, was not acceptable as a motion.