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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2257

(Question No. 1858)

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 3 October 1984:

Is he able to say what the Government will do to foster democratic acceptance of the discernible alternative to the arms race, especially by promotion in Australia of loyalty to human survival before national prerogatives and short- term privileges.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Australian Government is doing all it can to halt and reverse the arms race . In my statement to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 3 October 1984 I said that the need for genuine progress towards nuclear disarmament was a crucial issue which had the very highest priority among our policies. I also pointed out that Australia has fully supported moves to draw up a draft convention on chemical weapons. If international efforts can be mobilised to eliminate these two classes of arms we will have made a huge step forward to ensuring the survival of humanity. I feel sure that the Government has the support of all Australians in its efforts in this field.