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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

(d) calls on:

(i) all nuclear capable states to maintain the moratorium on testing nuclear weapons, and

(ii) the Government to urge all nations to commit to the CTBT.

Notice of motion altered on 10 September 2003 pursuant to standing order 77.

569  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the current impasse in negotiations between Papua New Guinea and Australia regarding Australian aid to Papua New Guinea;

(b) recognises the importance of ensuring that Australia’s aid to Papua New Guinea is appropriately allocated and administered, and that it is subject to proper accountability mechanisms;

(c) notes that there is widespread concern in Papua New Guinea regarding  evidence that 80 per cent of Australian aid is ultimately paid to Australian consulting companies, construction companies and individuals earning the aid the name ‘Boomerang aid’; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to ensure that there is a review of Australia’s aid to Papua New Guinea, incorporating an assessment of Australian policies regarding the allocation of such aid, as well as any issues associated with its administration by Papua New Guinea, and

(ii) to ensure a bilateral relationship with Papua New Guinea founded upon respect for Papua New Guinea’s interests and the democratic rights of its people, and to guard against any form of undue pressure in its dealings with Papua New Guinea.

Notice of motion altered on 10 September 2003 pursuant to standing order 77.