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Labor backflip on uranium sales to India is unethical, illogical and probably illegal


The Labor Party's backflip on the sale of uranium to India is "a shocking abandonment of the campaign for nuclear disarmament", the Australian Greens said today. Nuclear issues spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the sale of uranium to India while that country is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is opposed by many Indian people and almost certainly illegal.

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On uranium, Prime Minister Gillard must respond to the voice of the Indian people

Uranium sales to India are both illegal and not wanted by many Indian people, the Australian Greens said today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said a growing mass movement in India is opposed to nuclear power and Australian uranium exports to their country.

"There's been a lot of garbage shopped by the uranium industry and its shills in Parliament about how great uranium sales are for the Indian people. Maybe they should listen to what people - people, not just officials - in India are saying.

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EURATOM treaty - lessons not learned

The Australian Greens have strongly criticised a proposal to renew the Australia-Euratom Agreement governing exchange of uranium between Australia and Europe.
"The agreement demonstrates a fundamental denial of the risks of the uranium trade, glosses over the steady decline of the nuclear industry in Europe, and perpetuates the delusion that the ‘safeguards' regime actually provides meaningful safeguards.

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Uranium ‘debate’ the ALP will regret

The Prime Minister’s regrettable cave-in on uranium sales to India is the latest in a long and dishonourable line of ALP policy capitulations on uranium and nuclear security issues, Australian Greens nuclear issues spokesperson Scott Ludlam said today.

“The mining industry is now setting foreign policy to suit their commercial interests, through their Cabinet representative Martin Ferguson,” Senator Ludlam said.

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I move that the Senate-
(a) notes:
(i) that the International Atomic Energy Agency will report on 8 November 2011 on the Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and
(ii) recent statements regarding potential military strikes on Iran; and
(b) calls on the Government to intensify diplomatic efforts through the Australian delegations in Vienna, Geneva and New York aimed towards a peaceful solution to this situation.
Question agreed to.

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Pricing carbon makes Australia a world leader in action against climate change - WA Greens

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.

"The passage of the Clean Energy Future package through the Senate represents a new beginning for our economy, with new industries and new jobs being created," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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The speeches on the Clean Energy Bills

Australia is closer than ever to a clean energy future, with the bills to put a price on carbon and invest in clean, renewable energy being debated in the Senate. These bills, which wouldn't have happened without the Greens, are a vital first step to tackle the climate crisis and transform our economy.

These are the speeches made by the Australian Greens' MPs during the debate of this historic legislation.

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