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Monday, 14 October 1985
Page: 1130


Senator VALLENTINE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) condemns the Federal Government's plans to expand the submarine and port facilities at Jervis Bay, with the probable increase in visits by nuclear-powered and armed warships and submarines, and the increased danger such visits will pose to the population, both as a safety hazard and as a nuclear target, as well as the social and environmental problems such visits will cause;

(b) condemns the consequences of such visits as part of the increased militarisation of the region and Australia's role as part of the United States' nuclear war fighting capability;

(c) criticises the plans of the Department of Defence to establish a munitions base at Jervis Bay on land proposed as part of a national park system;

(d) deplores the irreparable environmental damage these proposals and plans for Jervis Bay, including the dredging of Hare Bay, will have on the unique marine and foreshore ecosystem of the area;

(e) calls on the Department of Defence, the Royal Australian Navy, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and other relevant Commonwealth and State agencies, to enter into a process of full consultation with local councils and community groups, especially the affected Aboriginal people, prior to any decision being made;

(f) calls for the dedication of already proposed national parks, nature and marine reserves and the preparation of a regional environmental plan for State lands within the environs of Jervis Bay;

(g) requests the equivalent planning for the Commonwealth lands of Jervis Bay which would include details of Department of Defence intentions and management proposals for natural areas and that management practices for all conservation areas in or near Jervis Bay be co-ordinated; and

(h) demands that no nuclear materials be stored or used in or near Jervis Bay and no nuclear-armed or powered warships, submarines or aircraft be allowed into Jervis Bay.