01 Jun 2011
Finance and Administration Committee Thursday 26 May 2011
Senator LUDLAM: Thanks, Mr Neal, for coming in. I would like to start off this morning by congratulating the fund on the decisions that you have made around the divestment of companies involved in the manufacturing of cluster munitions; in particular, the fact that the fund appears to have gone even further than the legislation would have compelled you to do. I am interested to know what process you went through, if you could describe it fairly briefly, to identify first that you needed to do so in the absence of enabling legislation, and then what your process was for deciding who should be the target of the divestment.
26 May 2011
The Federal Government's Future Fund is clearly violating its own policies and cutting across Australia's international legal obligations by investing in companies that manufacture nuclear weapons, the Australian Greens said today.
Under questioning in Senate estimates hearings this morning, the Acting General Manager and Chief Investment Officer of the Future Fund disclosed that the Fund had not sought legal advice before defending its $135.4 million investment in nuclear weapons manufacturers.
29 Apr 2011
Question No. 335
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 6 December 2010:
In regard to the potential sale of Australian uranium to Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) states:
(1) Has the department or the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) undertaken any consideration or prepared any advice since 2007 on the potential sale of Australian uranium to states that do not observe the NPT; if so, what has been the cost of that work.
26 Apr 2011
PERTH RALLY: 2:30 - 4:30pm WST Tuesday April 26, 2011 - Forest Place Perth
On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Australian Greens have renewed demands for a phase-out of uranium mining and nuclear power.
Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Chernobyl catastrophe was classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale - the same classification given to the Fukushima nuclear disaster now unfolding in Japan.
"Communities around the world are today remembering the terrible consequences of the Chernobyl meltdown, which spread radioactive fallout around the northern hemisphere and forced the evacuation of 350,000 people," Senator Scott Ludlam said.
"There is a dark irony in the fact that even as we pause to remember Chernobyl, the nuclear industry is in the midst of another disaster in Japan."
"Nuclear power advocates need to ask themselves if they really believe this will be the last time this happens, or if they too have grave fears about the 436 obsolete and uninsurable nuclear power stations dotted around the world."
"Today I join with civil society groups and governments around the world with grave concerns to demand an end to this toxic and unnecessary industry."
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09 Mar 2011
The Australian Greens have criticised the Federal Government's moves towards selling uranium to the United Arab Emirates.
Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the government should publish a list of countries to which it won't sell uranium.
"Apart from North Korea, is there any country this government has ruled out as a uranium customer? India refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but we know the resources minister is pushing for sales to India. Iran seems an obvious one, but the government cut a uranium deal with Russia - and Russia is assisting Iran's nuclear program," said Senator Ludlam. "Whatever assurances the UAE Government gives, can we trust a regime that denies its people basic political and human rights?"
"The government of the United Arab Emirates is a dictatorship and is not accountable to its people in any way," said Senator Ludlam. "This continues the pattern of successive Australian Governments in allowing the agenda of the uranium industry to override our national security and non-proliferation interests. The uranium mining industry has long been amoral in its choice of customers; the Australian Government on the other hand is supposed to represent a broader constituency."
16 Feb 2011
The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to reject the push by resources minister Martin Ferguson to sell uranium to India.
Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the notion that nuclear fuel should be sold to a nuclear weapons state that refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was "extreme".
"The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is the cornerstone of international disarmament negotiations. India has refused to sign it, and for this reason Australia has refused to sell uranium to that country," he said.
11 Feb 2011
QUESTION NUMBER 362
SENATOR LUDLAM asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 17 November 2010:
With reference to the resolution passed at the September 2010 Congress of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Basel, Switzerland, calling for an end to uranium mining on human rights and public health grounds stating:
10 Feb 2011
Senator Ludlam's speech on the 30 year agreement on uranium exports with the US on 9 February 2011.
10 Feb 2011
The Australian Greens have called on resources Minister Martin Ferguson to make a statement to Parliament on his policy on uranium sales to India, and whether it differs from that of the Australian Government.
Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government had recently reaffirmed it would not sell uranium to a country that was not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but leaked documents suggested that Minister Ferguson had different plans.
20 Jan 2011
The Greens have applauded the decision of the Federal Government to reject the Indian government's call for an end to Australia's ban on selling uranium to India.
Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said there should be "absolutely no contemplation" of Australia selling uranium to countries that have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.