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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 471—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 23 300 nuclear weapons are in existence, posing direct and constant threat to international peace and security, with thousands on hair trigger alert ready to be launched within minutes of an order to fire,

  (ii) nine countries possess nuclear weapons and under `nuclear sharing' arrangements, five others have nuclear weapons on their soil, and

  (iii) at the height of the cold war, nuclear weapon stockpiles were approximately 70 000 warheads and more than 40 000 have been dismantled;

 (b) welcomes efforts taken by the Government to advance nuclear disarmament diplomacy, including the establishment of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and the request for the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties to undertake an inquiry into the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament treaties involving Australia; and

 (c) calls on the Government to support the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons.

Statement by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

NOES, 40

Senators—

Arbib

Bernardi

Boswell

Boyce

Cameron

Carr

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Cormann

Edwards

Evans

Farrell

Faulkner

Fawcett

Feeney

Fifield

Fisher

Furner

Gallacher

Johnston

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Williams

Question negatived.