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Tuesday, 1 April 1980
Page: 1321

Senator Durack -On 18 March 1980 Senator Button asked me, as Minister representing the Prime Minister, (Hansard, page 707) a question without notice concerning use of Australian port facilities by the United States Navy.

The Prime Minister has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I refer the Honourable Senator to my answer to a question without notice in the House of Representatives on 18 March 1980 (House of Representatives Hansard, pages 832-3) on this matter.

The Government gave full consideration to this matter prior to my departure overseas in January this year. The offer to the US to make use of Cockburn Sound facilities took into account the full range of Australian security concerns. The Government remains of the view that the prospect of nuclear war will remain remote provided that the efficacy of the US deterrent is sustained. It has been the policy of successive Australian Governments actively to support the US deterrent.

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