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Government must reject Minister’s uranium obsession

The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to reject the push by resources minister Martin Ferguson to sell uranium to India.

Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the notion that nuclear fuel should be sold to a nuclear weapons state that refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was "extreme".

"The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is the cornerstone of international disarmament negotiations. India has refused to sign it, and for this reason Australia has refused to sell uranium to that country," he said.

Senator Ludlam said Minister Ferguson publicly rejected a request from the Indian government to sell uranium to that country less than one month ago but had been compelled to show his real hand by WikiLeaks revelations.

"On February 10th leaked documents revealed that Minister Ferguson told US officials he was in favour of selling uranium to India - and now he has been forced to declare his true position," said Senator Ludlam. "We have seen double-dealing on this important issue and it is up to the rest of the Labor Party to decisively put an end to this ill-conceived and ill-fated scheme."

Senator Ludlam urged the Australian Labor Party to take a strong stand against Minister Ferguson's position.

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