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CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION

Senator Jones, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal

motion, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia has been among the countries most active in

support of the chemical weapons convention,

(ii) the convention, which has been open for signature since

1993, is one of the most comprehensive disarmament

treaties ever negotiated, banning the development,

production, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer and use

of chemical weapons,

(iii) although the convention was signed by 159 countries,

only 28 countries have so far ratified the convention,

(iv) the convention will not come into force until after it

has been ratified by 65 countries,

(v) the United States (US) and Russia, the largest

possessors of chemical weapons, have so far not

ratified the convention,

(vi) a number of signatory countries are waiting on

ratification by the US before confirming their own

commitment to this treaty by ratifying it themselves,

and

(vii) successive American Administrations, since President

Reagan's, have supported the successful conclusion of

the chemical weapons convention; and

(b) urges the US and other major powers to give priority attention

to the convention to ensure its early ratification.

Question put and passed.