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Friday, 11 October 1985
Page: 1051

Petition for closing the `Joint Australian-U.S.' electronic communication facilities in the Watsonia Army Barracks.

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth that:

1. The Watsonia Army Barracks contains electronic communication facilities, operated by Australian and American personnel, that gives the United States the ability to pin-point Soviet nuclear submarines, hidden in the oceans.

2. This would make it possible for U.S. killer submarines to destroy all Soviet nuclear submarines, while the U.S. nuclear submarines launch their missiles in a `first strike' attack.

This makes Watsonia a potential nuclear target. A nuclear attack on Watsonia would have a disastrous effect on Melbourne.

3. The `joint U.S.-Australian' bases in Australia endanger rather than protect us. They also add a new menace to nuclear arms race, that must be stopped.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should close the `Joint Australian-U.S.' electronic communication facilities in the Watsonia Army Barracks.

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