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Notice given 14 October 2003

650  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 19 October 2001, a boat known as the SIEV X, bound for Australia and carrying 421 passengers and crew, sank with the tragic loss of 353 lives, including 146 children,

(ii) a number of those who lost their lives had close family members in Australia who are on temporary protection visas, which prevents them from fully rebuilding their lives, and

(iii) the Commonwealth Government has not responded to the report of the Select Committee on a Certain Maritime Incident, which included an examination of the SIEV X sinking;

(b) asks the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Senator Vanstone) to grant those refugees in Australia, whether they are awaiting a decision of their review or are on temporary protection visas, who suffered a personal loss through the sinking of SIEV X, permanent visas on humanitarian grounds;

(c) calls on the Commonwealth Government to immediately establish a comprehensive, independent judicial inquiry into all aspects of the People Smuggling Disruption Program operated by the Commonwealth Government and agencies from 2000 to date, including Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels, and in particular the boat known as SIEV X; and

(d) expresses its regret and sympathy at the tragic loss of so many innocent lives.

652  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a) expresses concern about the growing risks posed by the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the potential for further proliferation, plans for the research, development, testing and deployment of new types of nuclear weapons by the nuclear weapons states, and the broadening role being given to nuclear weapons in security strategies;

(b) notes the New Agenda Coalition resolution introduced in the 58th United Nations (UN) General Assembly First Committee entitled ‘Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the need for a new agenda’ and:

(i) notes that this resolution is similar to resolution A/RES/57/59 which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2002 by a vote of 125 to 6 with 36 abstentions, and

(ii) commends the New Agenda Coalition for:

( a ) setting out a series of practical and necessary steps to curb nuclear proliferation and achieve nuclear disarmament, based on the thirteen disarmament steps agreed by all state parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2000, and

( b ) making changes to the draft resolution at the current session of the UN General Assembly in order to meet the concerns of states such as Australia which abstained on the vote in 2002, in particular to highlight the dangers of nuclear proliferation and call on all states, including North Korea, Israel, Pakistan, Iran and India, to subscribe to the NPT and accept full-scope safeguards on their nuclear facilities;

(c) also notes the New Agenda Coalition resolution introduced in the 58th UN General Assembly First Committee entitled ‘Reduction of non-strategic nuclear weapons’ and:

(i) notes that this resolution is similar to resolution A/RES/57/58 which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2002 by a vote of 120 to 3 with 42 abstentions, and

(ii) commends the New Agenda Coalition for:

( a ) drawing attention to the need to deal with this class of nuclear weapons, of which there are more than 4 000 in the stockpiles of the nuclear weapons states, and

( b ) making changes to the draft resolution at the current session of the UN General Assembly in order to meet the concerns of states such as Australia which abstained on the vote in 2002, in particular changes to address the particular concerns surrounding the tactical nuclear weapons possessed by Russia, and

(iii) expresses concern about the threat posed by non-strategic weapons due to their portability, proximity to areas of conflict and probability of pre-delegation in case of military conflict, and thus about the risk of proliferation and of early, pre-emptive, unauthorised or accidental use; and

(d) calls on the Government to support the New Agenda Coalition resolutions in the 58th UN General Assembly First Committee ‘Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the need for a new agenda’ (item A/C.1/58/L.73d) and ‘Reduction of non-strategic nuclear weapons’ (item A/C.1/58/L.73c) and consequential votes in the UN General Assembly.