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Minister must publicly reveal true position on uranium sales to India

The Australian Greens have called on resources Minister Martin Ferguson to make a statement to Parliament on his policy on uranium sales to India, and whether it differs from that of the Australian Government.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government had recently reaffirmed it would not sell uranium to a country that was not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but leaked documents suggested that Minister Ferguson had different plans.

"Diplomatic cables obtained via WikiLeaks reveal that the Minister has told US diplomatic officials Australia may be in a position to sell uranium to India within three to five years, contradicting his recent statements that it was not Australia's policy to do so," said Senator Ludlam.

"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. "The Minister is playing a reckless double game with our international security obligations. He should immediately clarify whether his statements to US officials reflect Government policy or whether he was acting on his own."

Listen to the press conference here

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