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Notice given 4 December 2000

785  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the decision by the United Kingdom (UK) Government to require that all mobile phones in Britain carry health warnings about the dangers of excessive use, particularly for children,

(ii) that this decision is based on the recommendations of an official inquiry chaired by Sir William Stewart, known as the ‘Stewart Report’,

(iii) that the report specifically recommends that children be discouraged from excessive mobile phone use due to the lack of scientific certainty on whether low-powered microwave radiation can cause adverse health effects, and

(iv) that the report suggested a precautionary approach to the siting of antenna masts; and

(b) calls on the Government to follow the lead of the UK Government in:

(i) requiring mobile phones to be labelled as a possible health hazard,

(ii) actively discouraging their use by children, and

(iii) reviewing the ‘low-impact’ legislation that currently allows industry to site masts close to residences, schools and hospitals.

786  Senators Bourne and Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent resolutions on nuclear weapons passed by overwhelming majorities in the 1 November 2000 session of the United Nations General Assembly,

(ii) in particular, the resolution on a nuclear free southern hemisphere (Resolution L19) as well as the new agenda resolution (L4 Rev 1) and the resolution on a path to the total elimination of nuclear weapons (Resolution L39 Rev 1) co-sponsored by the Australian Government,

(iii) that France abstained on the new agenda resolution and the resolution on a path to the total elimination of nuclear weapons and voted against the resolution on a nuclear free southern hemisphere,

(iv) with alarm, the consent of the Federal Government to allow a French nuclear submarine to visit Australia, and

(v) that this decision undermines the diplomatic goals promoted by the United Nations General Assembly resolutions of 1 November 2000;

(b) considers a visit by a French nuclear powered vessel to be totally inappropriate; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to cancel the proposed visit.