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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2035

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament House assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that the Australian Labor Party:

'Upholds the principles of disengagement and disarmament' (ALP Platform 1982, E );

and will:

'Oppose the development, proliferation, possession and use of nuclear .... and other techniques of mass destruction' (ALP Platform 1982, E.34);

'Attach high priority to preventing the further proliferation of nuclear weapons, and to this end will not allow commercial considerations to govern Australia's anti-proliferation strategy' (ALP Platform 1982, E.35c); and

'Oppose the storage of nuclear weapons on Australian territory and the staging of operations involving nuclear weapons from Australian territory' (ALP Platform 1982, F.48).

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that all Federal representatives of the Labor Government, and Federal representatives of all other political parties including independents, vote for Senator Chipp's Nuclear Weapons Prohibitions Bill 1984, the passage of which would effectively make Australia a nuclear weapons free zone and would leave no doubt as to the present Government's stated commitment to disarmament.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.