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Senate denies a vote on nuclear disarmament

Speeches in Parliament
Scott Ludlam 14 May 2015

Scott has responded in the Senate after being denied leave to move a motion relating to nuclear disarmament. 

Notice of Motion - Nuclear Weapons

292 Senator Ludlam: To move-That the Senate-

(a) applauds the action taken by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the International Court of Justice under Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty against the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea, for their failure to fulfill their obligations with respect to nuclear disarmament;

(b) notes that:
(i) in taking this action, the Republic of the Marshall Islands is in effect acting on behalf of all the world‘s peoples in upholding international law, and
(ii) the effects of the use of even a small percentage of the 17 000 nuclear weapons currently operational would be catastrophic for society and the global climate, and could bring about the deaths of up to 2 billion people from nuclear winter-induced famine; and

(c) urges the Australian Government to join with the Marshall Islands legal action.

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