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Wednesday, 18 March 1987
Page: 1035

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.

This petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that:

In this International Year of Peace, 1986, the world needs a nuclear test moratorium by the United States, the Soviet Union, France and other nuclear testing powers.

That such a moratorium would create a favourable climate and basis for the negotiation of a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

That such a moratorium and Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty would

be the first vital step to nuclear disarmament

impede the development of new nuclear weapons

decrease the reliance upon an unstable nuclear strategy

inhibit the spread of nuclear weapons.

Your petitioners therefore ask that the Australian Government be urged to:

1. Use its influence with the United States Government to encourage it to join the moratorium on nuclear testing begun by the Soviet Union on 6 August 1985.

2. Use its influence in all forums to encourage other nuclear nations to join the Nuclear Test Moratorium.

3. Use its influence in all forums to encourage non-nuclear nations to demand the establishment of a Nuclear Test Moratorium and Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

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