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Thursday, 12 September 1985
Page: 500

Senator VIGOR —I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Territories whether his attention has been drawn to a transcript of an item on the 7 p.m. Australian Broadcasting Corporation New South Wales State radio news of 10 June which indicated that the Minister for Defence considered Jervis Bay to be among New South Wales ports which nuclear-powered ships could enter. Is this possible role for Jervis Bay the reason why the Australian Capital Territory has not been declared a nuclear-free zone despite the passage by the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly on 17 April 1984-more than 16 months ago-of the Nuclear Activities (Prohibition) Ordinance? Does the Minister intend to continue to ignore the concern of the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly? Will the Minister give an assurance that neither nuclear-powered nor nuclear-armed ships will be allowed into Jervis Bay?

Senator GIETZELT —Senator Vigor will be aware of the fact that I represent several Ministers in this place. I am not aware of the program to which he referred. The appropriate Minister may have a view that he would like to express to Senator Vigor, so I will take the opportunity of referring the question to him to get a suitable answer.