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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—ANZUS TREATY

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 578—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises that the ANZUS Treaty came about following the close cooperation of the United States of America (US) and Australia and New Zealand during World War II;

 (b) notes that:

  (i) in the 60 years since the ANZUS Treaty formalised Australia's alliance with the US, it has enhanced peace and security in our region and beyond, and

  (ii) one survey found that 82 per cent of Australians say the alliance with the US is important for Australia's security;

 (c) welcomes the announcement that approximately 2 500 American marines, along with US Air Force and other personnel, will ultimately be stationed at the Robertson Barracks in Darwin and elsewhere;

 (d) views the ANZUS Treaty as a cornerstone of Australia's future security arrangements; and

 (e) rejects all attempts to undermine the ANZUS Treaty, including the policy of the Australian Greens of ending the treaty.

Question put and passed. All Australian Greens senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the noes.