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Notice given 27 August 2001

1010  Senators Bourne and Bartlett: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the proposed meeting of Australian Prime Minister, Mr Howard, and United States President, Mr Bush, on 10 September 2001;

(b) recalls its resolutions of 29 June 2000 and 1 March 2001 in regard to missile defence issues;

(c) notes the substantial international efforts made by successive Australian governments to promote the ratification and entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT);

(d) considers the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile delivery systems to be a most serious international security issue;

(e) notes the desire of the United States (US) Government to deploy a National Missile Defence (NMD) system and as a consequence to fundamentally amend or otherwise walk away from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT);

(f) expresses concern that abandonment of the ABMT and deployment of a NMD system is likely to damage international cooperation to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons and may fuel a new nuclear arms race in the Asia-Pacific region;

(g) calls on the Prime Minister to urge President Bush to reconsider both his opposition to US ratification of the CTBT and his intention to deploy a NMD system; and

(h) reaffirms its view that Australia should not support, or be involved in, NMD research, development or trials.

Notice of motion altered on 29 August 2001 pursuant to standing order 77.

1016  Senator Bartlett: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) repeated concerns expressed by many sections of the community about the conditions in Australia’s detention centres and the treatment of some asylum seekers in those centres,

(ii) plans announced by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (Mr Ruddock) to build three new detention centres,

(iii) statements made by the President of the Law Council of Australia that the practice of mandatory detention is questionable in the light of several international conventions and that mandatory detention is excessive and not necessary for all asylum seekers; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to immediately reconsider its policy of mandatory detention and to save taxpayers’ money by scrapping plans to build extra detention centres.