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Perth Nuclear Debate hots up: Greens & Liberals to go head-to-head

A public debate in Perth tomorrow (Thurs) night between the Greens and Liberals on the topic of nuclear power could not be more timely, the Australian Greens say.

“Today, we saw newly dominant far-right Federal Liberal MPs emerge from their Party’s disarray with a push for Tony Abbott to support the establishment of nuclear power plants in Australia,” said Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

“Among these are WA Senator Matthias Cormann, whom I greatly look forward to debating at Perth Town Hall tomorrow night.

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Mining uranium fuels a massive toxic problem

The mining and export of Australian uranium only digs us deeper into the unsolvable conundrum of nuclear waste – while also supporting the growth of nuclear weapons, the Australian Greens say.

Responding to comments this week by Australia’s Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Gareth Evans, the Greens’ Nuclear Spokesperson Scott Ludlam said that no one around the world had managed to solve the nuclear waste problem.

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Security Council meeting on nuclear disarmament and nonprolifer

 

Senator LUDLAM-I move the motion as amended:

 

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) 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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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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