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Notice given 18 June 2003

486  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) calls on the Government to:

(i) rule out the establishment of any new United States (US) military bases in Australia,

(ii) rule out future use of Australian territory for US military training exercises,

(iii) rule out the transformation of any Australian ports into regular US military ‘transit points’,

(iv) inform the Senate of any formal or informal approaches made by the US Government to the Australian Government or Department of Defence in relation to any further deployment of US troops to Australia, or the establishment of any US military bases in Australia, and

(v) close the US military spy base at Pine Gap; and

(b) condemns the Government’s ill-considered pursuit of closer military ties with the US, without Parliamentary consultation or debate and despite the threat to Australia’s national interest that this policy poses.