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Wednesday, 2 November 1983
Page: 2170

Mr BALDWIN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move :

That this House-

(1) deplores-

(a) the United States invasion of Grenada as contrary to Article 51 of the UN Charter, and Articles 9 and 15 of the Charter of the Organisation of American States, and

(b) the loss of life resulting from the invasion;

(2) rejects the suggestion that military intervention was justified by the threat to the lives of Grenadan and US citizens posed by the internal faction fighting on the island; and

(3) notes the similarity of the terms in which this intervention has been justified and the 'Brehznev Doctrine of Limited Sovereignty' of states in the Soviet sphere of influence invoked to justify the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and pressure on Poland in the 1980s.

Mr Sinclair-The Leader of the House is not here, but we would be quite happy to give leave to the honourable gentleman to move his motion forthwith. It is a matter of some importance and we are quite prepared for him to take that course of action.

Mr Dawkins-It is all very well for the Opposition to try to play these sorts of tricks. A debate has been held on this matter and the Government is not interested in calling on this notice of motion.

Mr Peacock-This is a matter of great contemporary moment. The Opposition wishes to debate the motion proposed by the honourable member for Sydney (Mr Baldwin). If the honourable member actually believed the terms of his motion he would accept the offer of the Opposition to debate it immediately.

Mr SPEAKER —Are there any further notices of motion? I call the honourable member for Denison.

Mr Peacock-I move that so much of Standing Orders be suspended--

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Denison has the call.

Mr HODGMAN —I defer to my Leader.

Mr SPEAKER —Well, you had the call. I assume it was for some purpose. I suggest you proceed.