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Monday, 16 September 1996
Page: 3500


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

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   on 12 September 1996, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was concluded in the United Nations General Assembly with all signatories except for India, and

   (ii)   India refused to sign on the basis of the entry into force provisions, which it believed undermined the basis of the treaty; and

(b)   calls on the Australian Government:

   (i)   to take the next step regarding the global challenge of ending nuclear testing and the global nuclear arms race by calling on the five major nuclear nations, known as the P5, to negotiate in good faith to commit to a timebound framework for disarmament, and

   (ii)   to take steps to initiate and encourage such negotiations as were mandated unanimously by the International Court of Justice on the illegality of nuclear weapons, in line with the recommendations of the Canberra Commission.