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Resolution on Nuclear Weapons Testing

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (9.34 am)-

I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that: 

(i) more than 2 000 nuclear weapons tests have been conducted between 1945 and 2009, 

(ii) the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans all nuclear test explosions in all environments, for military or civilian purposes, 

(iii) the sixth Article XIV (Entry Into Force) conference (the conference) of the CTBT will be held on 24 September and 25 September 2009, 

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Tabling of JSCOT report on Australia's role in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (4.11 pm)-I rise to speak for a couple of minutes on the same report. While I do not often find myself in strong agreement with Senator McGauran, it is nice to be able to stand here today and acknowledge that I agree on this. Largely due to the work of the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, who has a very collaborative style and is open to a lot of different points of view, we have handed down a unanimous report on this issue, which is often very polarising.

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Greens welcome report backing nuclear weapons global phase-out

The Australian Greens have welcomed major findings of a report released today by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties following an inquiry into nuclear weapon non-proliferation and disarmament.

“Australia  is now poised to play a key role in coming negotiations on the abolition of nuclear weapons, should the Rudd Government accept the recommendations of the JSCOT report tabled today,” the Greens’ Nuclear Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Burma’s nuclear program

Senator LUDLAM (2.28 pm)-My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. What has the government done in response to revelations made by defectors from Burma's nuclear program, reported by Professor Des Ball from the ANU and also raised by the US Secretary of State in a recent ASEAN meeting, regarding the clandestine nuclear weapons program? When will our ambassador in Vienna put this on the agenda of the IAEA board of governors or, for example, raise this with the IAEA Director- General?

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Rudd Govt too relaxed on Burma nuclear threat: Greens

The Australian Greens have warned against the Rudd Government against complacency over alarming evidence of Burma’s nuclear weapons program.

Responding to questions asked by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam in the Senate today, Defence Minister John Faulkner,  representing Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, initially could not identify a single action taken by the Government to investigate evidence, widely publicised more than a month ago, of  Burma’s apparent nuclear weapons ambitions.

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Toward nuclear disarmament

Senator Ludlam to move on the next day of sitting:
That the Senate-
(a) notes that the United Nations Security Council will hold a summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament on 24 September 2009 with the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, presiding; and
(b) calls on the Government to:
(i) seize the opportunity presented by participating in the debate,
(ii) welcome the recent renewed optimism for a world free of nuclear weapons as expressed by the leaders of some nuclear weapons states,

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Motion to support nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

Senator Ludlam moved:
That the Senate-
(a) notes:
(i) the efforts of the Australian and Japanese governments to advance the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation agenda through the formation of the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament,
(ii) that the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (the Review Conference) is currently taking place in New York,

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Rudd should talk disarmament with Obama

Prime Minister Rudd should use his first meeting with President Obama to push for ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and deep reductions in the US nuclear stockpile, the Australian Greens Spokesperson on Nuclear Issues, Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

President Obama pledged in his Inauguration address, to work tirelessly with old friends and former foes to lessen the nuclear threat and was the first ever candidate to put nuclear abolition onto a Presidential race agenda.

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Greens urge leadership on Nuclear Disarmament

The Australian Greens today put their support behind the first meeting of Prime Minister Rudd's "International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament."

"This is a very welcome initiative which has the potential to lead to a breakthrough in the lead up to the crucial meeting of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2010 which I will be attending," said Greens nuclear spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

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