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Motion: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Motion
Scott Ludlam 10 Oct 2016

NOTICE OF MOTION                                               15 September 2016                                                                                  

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that

The Senate —

    (a) notes:
        (i) that all parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including Australia, have expressed their “deep concern at the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons”;
        (ii) that nuclear weapons remain the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited under international law in a comprehensive and universal manner, and 127 nations have pledged to fill this legal gap;
        (iii) that the UN open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament adopted its report on 19 August, which recommends for the UN General Assembly to convene a conference in 2017 “to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”;
        (iv) that Australian Red Cross and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons have called for the adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution this year to convene negotiations in 2017 on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons;

    (b) urges:
        (i) the Australian Government to support all efforts in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly this October and November to establish a mandate for negotiations to commence in 2017 on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons;
        (ii) the Australian Government to participate constructively in negotiations on such an instrument.

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