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Friday, 8 November 1985
Page: 1807


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

That the Senate-

(a) notes with concern the Soviet Union's recent contribution to the increased militarisation and nuclearisation of the Pacific and East Asian region with the arrival at Cam Ranh Bay of the nuclear-capable battlecruiser, Frunze and the Sovremenny-class guided missile destroyer, Osmotritel;

(b) recalls that the USSR stated that it would increase its presence in the region to counter the United States' deployment of sea-based Tomahawk cruise missiles;

(c) urges both superpowers to actually start the process of reducing their land and sea-based nuclear arsenals; and

(d) supports moves for comprehensive nuclear weapons free zones in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and notes the inadequancy of the recent South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty in failing to prevent this significant escalation of the arms race.