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Do the right thing by veterans

The Australian Greens have called on the Australian Government to properly compensate the victims of the atomic testing at Maralinga.

The Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues and legal affairs, Senator Scott Ludlam, said the hopes of Australian veterans for compensation for exposure to nuclear testing in the 1950s had been undermined by a decision of the British Court of Appeal.

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Address in Reply to the Governor-General's speech

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (9:37 PM) - The Governor-General's speech, which this debate addresses and which was some time ago now, I found quite fascinating. It is only my second experience of an address-in-reply in my brief time here, being halfway through the term. I listened to the speech quite intently, partly because it is an expression of what the government is most proud of and because it is an indication of the agenda they are setting for the next couple of years.

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British Nuclear Test Program

(Question No. 148)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 28 September 2010:

Given that a total of only 29 Aboriginal Australians have ever received compensation for suffering as a result of exposure to British nuclear tests, and given the more generous budgetary and medical support recently extended to nuclear veterans, will the Government provide similar access to medical services to affected Aboriginal Australians.

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Government must take a stand against nuclear weapons at United Nations vote

The Australian Greens today urged the Government to support a United Nations draft resolution calling for a ban on the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons to be voted on tomorrow in New York.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government should take the opportunity to make a clear statement of support for a nuclear weapons convention.

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Compensations for victims of British Nuclear Tests

Senator Ludlam (Western Australia) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 28 September 2010:

Given that a total of only 29 Aboriginal Australians have ever received compensation for suffering as a result of exposure to British nuclear tests, and given the more generous budgetary and medical support recently extended to nuclear veterans, will the Government provide similar access to medical services to affected Aboriginal Australians.

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Nuclear test compensation and the Maralinga site

Senator Ludlam asked:

(a)Some years ago a payment of $13.5 million was made by the Australian government for rehabilitation of the Maralinga site. Have efforts been undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the clean up measures, and at what intervals and using what methodology is ongoing monitoring being undertaken into the safety of the area?

(b)Were efforts made to undertake a clean up of the Emu Fields site and the Montebello Islands? If not, why has such a measure not been undertaken?

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Greens query Dr Switkowski's role as chair of ANSTO

"Dr Zigmund Switkowski has again ignored a clear instruction not to use his publicly funded title as head of ANSTO to undermine Government policy," Greens spokesperson on nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"In an opinion piece today he continues to use his role to white-ant Government policy and conjure up an imaginary world where nuclear energy is somehow rid of its 50 year legacy and vast public unpopularity.

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Nuclear Weapons Convention: time for major parties to come on board

The Australian Greens call on the next Australian government to begin negotiations on an international Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) by no later than 2015, Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"On the morning of the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, we must rededicate ourselves to the task of ridding the world of nuclear weapons."

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