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Notice given 8 September 2003

566  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the call to the United Nations Conference on Accelerating Entry-Into-Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) made by prominent Non-Governmental Organisations from around the world, in Vienna on 5 September 2003, including:

A ban on testing is an essential step towards nuclear disarmament because it helps to block dangerous nuclear competition and new nuclear threats from emerging. However, it must be recognised that technological advances in nuclear weapons research and development mean that a ban on nuclear test explosions by itself cannot prevent qualitative improvements of nuclear arsenals. Efforts to improve nuclear arsenals and to make nuclear weapons more useable in warfare will jeopardise the test-ban and non-proliferation regimes. We call on all states possessing nuclear weapons to halt all qualitative improvements in their nuclear armaments, whether or not these improvements require test explosions;

(b) supports a comprehensive global ban on nuclear weapon testing;

(c) notes that the United States is not attending the CTBT conference in 2003 and is planning the development of new nuclear weapons; and

(d) calls on the Government to urge all nations to commit to the CTBT.

569  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the current stand-off between Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister (Mr Somare) and Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) over Australia’s aid budget to Papua New Guinea (PNG), and

(ii) that there is widespread concern in PNG over Australia’s ‘boomerang aid’, whereby some 80 per cent of Australian aid goes straight back to consulting companies, construction companies and individuals; and

(b) calls on:

(i) Mr Downer to accept PNG’s request that Australia conduct its own review of how Australian aid is given and spent, and

(ii) the Australian Government to adopt a new relationship with PNG, one that respects PNG as an equal partner and that does not subordinate PNG’s interests to Australia’s interests.