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Bob Brown's press conference on Julia Gillard's plan to sell uranium to India 15-11-2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today the prospect of selling uranium to India will horrify many Australians and is a giant step towards another backflip by both major parties: hosting a global nuclear waste dump in Australia in the years to come.

As well as Prime Minister Julia Gillard's flouting of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Senator Brown commented on the old parties' stance on equal marriage.

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Greens reject Gillard’s dangerous nuclear about-face

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today the prospect of selling uranium to India will horrify many Australians.

"Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott agree on selling uranium to nuclear-armed India although the Australian people have had no say," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

"It's all about helping multi-billion-dollar mining corporations make more money, as Martin Ferguson would wish, at the expense of regional security. The government has removed the super profits tax from uranium."

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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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Motion on uranium sales to non-NPT states

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (15:01): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) congratulates the Government for maintaining Australia's longstanding policy of predicating bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements on the condition of membership to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; and

(b) calls on the Government to identify the countries to which it will not permit the sale of uranium.

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British Atomic Tests in Central Australia in 1950's and 1960's

Question Number: 1085

Senator Scott Ludlam asked the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, in writing, on 29 August 2011:

With reference to the Aboriginal people of central Australia and the north west of Western Australia who were exposed to radioactive fallout or direct radiation exposure from atomic weapons testing by the British Nuclear Test Program of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Nuclear Weapons Treaties

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
Finance and Deregulation Portfolio
Department/Agency: Future Fund Management Agency
Outcome/Program: Management of the Future Fund
Senator: Ludlam
Question reference number: F34

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