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Notice given 14 May 2002

58  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) recently the United States (US) tested a missile defence prototype, intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile target vehicle over the central Pacific Ocean at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands,

(ii) the test was a fundamentally-flawed experiment, costing around $US100 million, and was conducted at the expense of international relations and justice in the Pacific, and

(iii) despite the US claims that the test was a success, it failed to address the full range of countermeasures or decoys that an enemy would use to try to outwit an anti-missile weapon; and

(b) urges the Government to raise the issue at the Pacific Island Forum in Suva in August 2002 and to point out that the US and other world powers have consistently abused the Pacific Ocean for military experiments which have never helped the Pacific Islands, but have put them at more risk of being caught in a military conflict or being at the centre of a catastrophic accident.

59  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the release in the week beginning 5 May 2002 of the report of the Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development Australia project entitled Facing the future , and

(ii) that the analysis, conclusions and recommendations represent a broadly-accepted vision for change in the minerals sector with regard to sustainability; and

(b) congratulates the mining industry on this initiative and looks forward to implementation of the action agenda to enhance the minerals sector’s contribution to Australia’s sustainable development.