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Nuclear Weapons Commission reports

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Scott Ludlam 15 Dec 2009

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's International Commission on Nuclear Non Proliferation and Disarmament has launched its report in Tokyo, confirming that nuclear weapons are the most inhumane, indiscriminate and wholly unnecessary weapons ever devised.

"The Commission, chaired by Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi, proposes a 90 per cent reduction in nuclear weapons by 2025, but is vague on steps to get to the ultimate goal of zero," said Australian Greens nuclear spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"The goal is not a world with fewer nuclear weapons: the goal must be zero, through a Nuclear Weapons Convention," Senator Ludlam said.

"The Commission has also delivered a clear message for the Japanese and Australian governments: stop lending credibility to the idea that nuclear weapons have a role in our security policy, and get out from under the US nuclear 'umbrella.'

"Until then, Australia and Japan are participating in the nuclear balance of terror by sending a message that nuclear weapons have security utility and symbolic power.

"The Commission gets it very wrong on nuclear power, illustrating the destructive role that nuclear utilities are able to play in sabotaging the nuclear disarmament agenda.

"Perpetuating the myth that a nuclear renaissance can happen without radically expanding nuclear proliferation is naïve and counterproductive," Senator Ludlam said.

"Gareth Evans and his Commission score a solid 8/10 on their effort to reenergize the disarmament agenda, but this work is compromised by the contradictory promotion of nuclear energy proliferation," Senator Ludlam concluded.

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