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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2195

Mr CHARLES —I present a report, together with minutes of proceedings and the transcript of evidence, from the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, being a report that the Committee has been unable to complete its inquiry into disarmament and arms control.

Ordered that the report be printed.

Mr CHARLES —by leave-This report on disarmament and arms control by the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence has been brought forward today as we have been unable to complete our report into this extremely complex matter-one of the most important issues of our time-because of the calling of the election. The Committee feels, however, that it will be in a position to present a full and comprehensive report to the Parliament in the first part of the Thirty- fourth Parliament in 1985.

I thank members of the Committee secretariat who have worked so hard for the 10 months that the Committee has been working on the disarmament and arms control reference. It has been an exhaustive but very informative 10 months. I would like to thank all members of the Sub-Committee, especially the honourable member for Braddon (Mr Groom), who will not be standing for re-election at the next election. I wish him all the best.

This very important inquiry will be completed. It will be put before the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence when it is reconstituted in the next Parliament. I hope that a full and comprehensive report will be brought forward in the early part of 1985 on what is an important issue. Many people in the community will be anxious to see the recommendations and conclusions of the Committee.