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Wednesday, 25 June 1941

Debate resumed from, the 12th December, 1940 (vide page 953, Volume 165), on motion by Senator Abbott -

1.   That, humbly relying on Almighty Gods the British Commonwealth of Nations and all upholders of freedom in the world must fight on and accept no peace till they are beyond all question in a- position to demand complete security as an indispensable result of peace and that all nations whether belligerent or not should be called upon to join in establishing one world-armament commonwealth representtative of and equally elected by. each to which they shall under an agreed constitution coin?pletely and irrevocably surrender the sole absolute and exclusive control, ownership, manufacture and possession .of armaments and all means and instruments of war and their sovereign rights in relation thereto, and that such constitution to guarantee security must be permanent and indissoluble. 2. («) That such body shall 'be given possession of all existing armaments upon trust for the whole as one people, (b) Such body shall, from its inception be entirely and exclusively responsible for the peace and- good -order and also the guaranteeing of. the otherwise un-restricted rights nf free self-government of each of the nations, (c) Such body shall also be exclusively responsible for the enforcement of all or any treaty made between the nations, registration of which with such body shall have been mutually, requested by such nations, (ri) There shall be vested in such body such incidental powers and- authorities that may be agreed upon including an appropriately empowered judiciary for the purpose of effectuating the objects for which it is established.

3.   This Senate of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia in exercise of its constitutional rights in that behalf authorizes and directs Mr,. President to present this resolution to His Excellency the GovernorGeneral, respectfully requesting that it be conveyed to His Most Gracious Majesty, the King, with the Senate's most earnest expression of opinion that it should be communicated - !-at the appropriate time - to all the. nations of the- world for the of examination and action by them.

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