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Tuesday, 26 February 1985
Page: 178

Senator TOWNLEY —I refer the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Defence to the meeting of the Cabinet's National Intelligence and Security Committee on 29 January of this year, a meeting at which the Prime Minister raised the question of the MX missile test and which formally confirmed the Government's willingness to allow United States monitoring aircraft to operate from Australia. As the Minister was a member of the Security Committee, were he and other members who participated in the decision consulted from Brussels by the Prime Minister before it became known to the media travelling with Mr Hawke that he had backed down to factional pressure and agreed that logistical support would not be provided, or is this another example of what Senator Cook has described as Australian foreign policy made on the run?

Senator GARETH EVANS —The internal processes of the Government's decision-making in this matter or in any others are none of Senator Townley's business.