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No Future in nuclear weapons

The Australian Greens welcomed new Future Fund chief David Gonski today and urged him to hit the ground running by cutting the Fund's links to nuclear weapons.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam said that as of January 2012, the Fund holds more than $133million of shares in 14 companies involved in nuclear weapons programs.

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If the Government wants to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons it must scrap uranium deal with Russia - Greens

The Australian Government must end uranium sales to Russia if it is serious about stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, the Australian Greens said today.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said strongly-worded statements on Iran from Canberra rang hollow unless the government ends the sale of uranium to Iran's key nuclear partner - Russia.

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Indian nuclear security ranked among worst in the world - will Labor persist with uranium sales?

Labor and the Coalition are partners in crime with their support for uranium sales to India - one of the world's least safe nuclear states, the Australian Greens said today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said nuclear security in India was ranked 28th out of 32 countries with significant amounts of weapons-grade uranium or plutonium.

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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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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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Iran

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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Nuclear disarmament

471 Senator Ludlam: To move-That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) 23 300 nuclear weapons are in existence posing direct and constant threat to international peace and security with thousands on hair
trigger alert ready to be launched within minutes of an order to fire,

(ii) nine countries possess nuclear weapons and under ‘nuclear sharing' arrangements five others have nuclear weapons on their soil, and

(iii) at the height of the cold war, nuclear weapon stockpiles were approximately 70 000 warheads and more than 40 000 have been
dismantled;

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