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Tuesday, 2 May 1989
Page: 1553


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

That the Senate-

(a) notes with interest the report reproduced in the Age from the New York Times that the United States Navy is planning to retire the majority of its short-range tactical nuclear weapons by about 1991, including SUBROC missiles, ASROC missiles and the Terrier anti-aircraft missiles-about 1100 warheads in total;

(b) applauds this development in view of the likely reduction in the number of nuclear weapons entering Australian harbours and the reduction in the exposure of Australian citizens to nuclear weapon accident risks; and

(c) commends the statement of retired US Vice-Admiral Henry Mustin that `The concept of a nuclear war at sea is a concept whose time has passed', and that the statement of Rear Admiral George Gee that the retirement of the nuclear weapons is `a very low-risk practical decision by the navy', as an indication that the US Navy may be ready to consider a cease-fire in the Cold War.