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Thursday, 22 August 1985
Page: 191


Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK(4.29) —I speak briefly to support both the Opposition and the Government on this matter. My reason is that I have never heard greater hyprocrisy than that coming from the Australian Democrats. They are purporting-and Senator Gareth Evans will join with me in the humour of this-to see some good in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The fact is that their policy opposes it.


Senator Cook —I take a point of order. It is the same as Senator Puplick's. The honourable senator should address the issue.


Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK —I am saying why we should reject the amendment. The fact is that Article IV, which is the key article-


Senator Mason —I take a point of order. We are not debating the amendment but the question of the suspension of Standing Orders. Mr Deputy President, I suggest that you ask Senator Sir John Carrick to direct himself to that subject.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —In a debate on the suspension of Standing Orders it is proper for the people moving the motion to say what benefits would flow from the suspension of Standing Orders. Senator Sir John Carrick is entitled to refute those arguments.


Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK —I quite understand the embarrassment of the Democrats and their not wanting Article IV to be revealed because Article IV enjoins all members to support the peacetime development of nuclear energy and the mining, milling, extraction and export of uranium throughout the world. This is opposed to the policy of the Democrats. There can be no greater humbug than to come forward with a motion that pretends to support the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and talks about the importance of this Treaty when the basis of the treaty is underlined by the very policy that the Democrats put forward. Their motion ought to be rejected.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Chipp's) be agreed to.