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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.


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  1. dieta said, on November 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

    1. Each non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes to accept safeguards, as set forth in an agreement to be negotiated and concluded with the International Atomic Energy Agency in accordance with the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Agency’s safeguards system, for the exclusive purpose of verification of the fulfilment of its obligations assumed under this Treaty with a view to preventing diversion of nuclear energy from peaceful uses to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. Procedures for the safeguards required by this Article shall be followed with respect to source or special fissionable material whether it is being produced, processed or used in any principal nuclear facility or is outside any such facility. The safeguards required by this Article shall be applied on all source or special fissionable material in all peaceful nuclear activities within the territory of such State, under its jurisdiction, or carried out under its control anywhere.

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