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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 703


Senator CHAMARETTE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that Parliamentarians for Global Action (Australian Parliamentary Group) supports the initiative to request an advisory opinion from the World Court on the illegality of the use of nuclear weapons;

  (b)requests the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans) to express Australia's support for this initiative; and

  (c)calls on the Australian Government, through the Minister for Foreign Affairs:

    (i)to make submissions to the International Court of Justice at the Hague (the World Court) supporting the aim of declaring nuclear weapons illegal, and

    (ii)to support a future United Nations General Assembly vote in favour of having an advisory opinion from the World Court on the illegality of nuclear weapons written into international law.