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No nukes please!

The ANZUS treaty (Australian, New Zealand and United States ) was of concern to Australian Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke, immediate past National Party Prime Minister of New Zealand Sir Robert Muldoon and newly elected Labour Prime Minister David Lange. David Lange was elected in a snap election brought on by an opposition sponsored anti-nuclear bill. The encumbent Sir Robert Muldoon was defeated and David Lange installed on 26th July 1984. Following his election David Lange enacted anti-nuclear laws banning nuclear powered ships and ships carrying nuclear weapons. New Zealand forces are no longer part of the ANZUS treaty.