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FOREIGN BASES AND INSTALLATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

Senator Sanders, at the request of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) and pursuant to notice, moved-That the Senate-

(a) calls upon the Government to remove all foreign bases and installations from Australian soil unless it can be positively shown that:

(i) the bases and installations do not form any part of the nuclear strategy of the United States (US),

(ii) the management of the bases is genuinely under the joint and equal control of the Australian and US Governments, and

(iii) all information handled by the bases and installations is shared with the Australian Government;

(b) calls upon the Government:

(i) at least 6 months prior to the expiration of any lease, and in sufficient time to give notice of termination or variation, to establish a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate whether the conditions for the continuation of the bases have been met, and

(ii) in any case to complete inquiries into all bases and installations before December 1986; and

(c) calls upon the Government:

(i) to establish whether any Australian defence installations provide information or research for any nuclear weapons or strategies, and

(ii) where it is established that this is the case, to cease such operations forthwith.

Debate ensued.

On the motion of Senator Reid the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.