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Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on November 17, 2011

So Prime Minister Gillard has announced that Australia will begin to sell uranium to India, even though India

refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Taken from the official Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, today:

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is the centrepiece of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The NPT entered into force in 1970, and Australia ratified the treaty in 1973. The Treaty and the nuclear non-proliferation safeguards system provided through the IAEA make a crucial contribution to regional and international peace and security. The Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) acts as Australia’s national safeguards authority responsible for the performance of Australia’s safeguards and non-proliferation obligations and for facilitating IAEA safeguards activities in Australia.

The NPT and the safeguards system has been successful overall in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. The only states not to have joined the NPT are India, Israel and Pakistan. Successive Australian Governments have taken the view that the Treaty is vital to international stability and security, both globally and in our region.

Article VIII of the NPT provides that the Treaty be reviewed at five-yearly intervals. The primary objectives of Review Conferences are to assess developments since the previous conference, to address current challenges, and to identify areas for further progress. Australia has been an active and constructive participant in all NPT Review Conferences. The last Review Conference was held in New York in May 2010.

On 24 September 2009 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed Resolution 1887. The resolution underlines that the NPT is the cornerstone of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, calls on all member states to comply fully with their obligations under the treaty, urges non-members to accede to the treaty and reinforces the right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

So we concur, ratify, become legally obligated . . . then ignore??? Is all politics just a matter of convenience??

If Australian politics were a person they would be treated for schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, or some such thing,

This is the open pit at the abandoned Mary Kathleen uranium mine (this way since 1983)-

So the mining company (Rio Tinto) payed pitiful royalties to government (an incompetent government

that squandered even that).

The profits from the mining operation went overseas.

And the local residents, and Queenslanders and Australians,  have been left with this abandoned open pit.

Hmmmmmmmm, sound fair???

Not good enough.



Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on November 17, 2011

I’ve spent the last few nights at Queen Mary Falls. I’m so jealous of the people who live and work in areas like that.

It was a very relaxing break: picturesque scenery, abundant wildlife, a quiet and calming environment, with

 friendly people who obviously reject the stifling neon glitter of places like the Gold Coast.

I rode down thru Boonah, and took the back way up to Queen Mary Falls. When I left I rode down to Killarney

(a lovely little town), then out to Warwick, and  along the Cunningham Highway, over the Great Dividing Range

 towards Brisbane. On my way back I stopped to visit the graves of my brother and sister.

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Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on November 2, 2011

Noam Chomsky is in Australia at the moment to receive the 2011

Sydney Peace Prize.

If I had a ‘bucket list’, an entry would be to share a nice meal , a bottle

of red wine, and conversation with him.

The world has been a better place with him in it, and I am certain that the

future will vindicate him (but, now, we don’t listen, we don’t seem to be

able to think, so unfortunately, not before it gets much worse).

His persistence, in the face of the ignorance of the general population

and attacks by vested interests, is uplifting.

Thank you for trying Mr Chomsky, your ideas and endeavours are

appreciated, and  welcome to Australia.