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TRANSCRIPT OF DOORSTOP, HYATT ON COLLINS, MELBOURNE - 28 SEPTEMBER 1991

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JOURNALIST: Mr Hawke do you believe that you're facing a potential new leadership challenge?

PM: No. My position in the Party and with the public is stronger than it was at the time of the challenge.

JOURNALIST: Are you aware that ... the numbers are being mustered ...?

PM: You've heard my answer. My position is stronger now in the Party and the public than it was at the time of the challenge. There is some more - I thought we were going to get some questions about an important matter.

JOURNALIST: ... ask about the reduction in new missiles ...?

PM: Yes I'm glad you've got your priorities right.

JOURNALIST: What do you see at this time ... program ... great political uncertainty in the Soviet Union regarding the state of their warheads and Mr Bush considering a reduction in the US ...?

PM: Well the first thing to be said is that the President of the United States, George Bush is to be congratulated on what is without any question one of the most important initiatives we've seen in the whole of the post-war period. It's an act of statesmanship, great imagination and of courage and I have written to him in that vein. He was kind enough to contact me by letter before he made the announcement and I have therefore had the advantage of knowing that it was coming. I've written to President Gorbachev and President Yeltsin expressing the views, that I have just put, about the nature of the initiative by President Bush and expressing the hope that they will reciprocate. I believe that they will, and the beneficiaries of this will be the whole world because the whole world can now look at a situation where we are going to have a dramatic reduction in the threat of nuclear war. That had already commenced but this new initiative of the President means that we're going to live in an environment the like of which we've never had in the whole of the nuclear age. I'm particularly pleased because these are the sorts of initiatives that Australia has been pressing for some time and

I unequivocally congratulate the President of the United States for his action. Thank you.

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