It is a worrying sign that the Turnbull Government ignored an easy opportunity to express their total support for nuclear disarmament, the Australian Greens said today.
“Today’s motion contained pretty uncontroversial language. For the government to refuse to allow it and instead hide behind a ‘policy’ of not discussing foreign affairs issues during Senate motions is a worrying sign that they will not support the work of the UN working group on nuclear disarmament at the UN General Assembly later this month,” said Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.
“It should not be controversial to express support for the Australian Red Cross. It should not be controversial to express support for efforts towards the abolition of nuclear weapons.
“Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited under international law. The Turnbull government should not equivocate in the slightest, they should make it clear that this initiative will be supported, and direct Australian representatives to work constructively to this end,” Senator Ludlam concluded.
The text of the motion is available at http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/articles/motion-nuclear-non-proliferation-treaty