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ANZUS TREATY—50TH ANNIVERSARY

Mr Howard (Prime Minister), pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the alliance between Australia and the United States of America under the ANZUS Treaty;

(2) reaffirms the commitment of Australia to that alliance, recognising its fundamental importance to this nation's ongoing security;

(3) recognises that the alliance has significantly contributed to peace and security in the Asia Pacific and beyond;

(4) expresses its profound gratitude to the men and women of both nations who have served together throughout the world in defence of freedom and in the pursuit of peace and prosperity for all;

(5) acknowledges that this is an alliance between two peoples forever committed to democracy, and its foundation stones of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the independence and authority of the rule of law; and

(6) affirms its belief that the alliance will continue playing a vital role in a changing world, building a prosperous and secure future for our two nations, the Asia-Pacific region and the global community.

Debate ensued.

Question—put and passed.