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SOUTH PACIFIC NUCLEAR FREE ZONE TREATY BILL 1986

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the further consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Consideration resumed of the Bill, and of the amendments moved thereto by Senator Sanders, viz:

Page 1, after Title, insert the following new Preamble:

""WHEREAS it is desirable that the Parliament give effect to certain obligations that Australia has as a party to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty and make provision for related matters:

""AND WHEREAS it is the intention of the Parliament to give effect to the policy whereby Australia will refuse to allow the supply of Australian uranium to France until France ceases testing nuclear weapons in the South Pacific region:''.

Page 1, clause 2, lines 8 to 11, leave out the clause, insert the following clause:

""2. (1) Sections 1 to 7 (inclusive) shall come into operation on the day on which the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Act 1986 comes into operation.

""(2) The remaining provisions of this Act shall come into operation on such day as is, or on such respective days as are, fixed by Proclamation, being a day or days, as the case may be, later than the day referred to in sub-section (1).''.

Page 7, after clause 18, insert the following new clause:

Prohibition of exportation of uranium to France

""18a. (1) Provision for Australia's refusal to allow the supply of Australian uranium to France until France ceases testing nuclear weapons in the South Pacific region is made in the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Act 1986.

""(2) Sub-section (1) does not derogate from the operation of the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Act 1986.''.

Debate continued.

Question-That the amendments be agreed to-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 6

Senators- Haines Macklin (Teller) Mason Powell Sanders Vigor

NOES, 54

Senators- Archer Aulich Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Coleman Collard Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jessop Jones Kilgariff Knowles Lewis MacGibbon McIntosh Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Puplick Ray Reid (Teller) Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sheil Short Sibraa Tate Townley Vanstone Walters Watson Zakharov

Amendments negatived accordingly.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator MacGibbon) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Evans) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.