Posts Tagged ‘nuclear weapons’

Australia’s vested interest while preaching disarmament

November 2, 2009

Australia and Iran Pickled Politics Sandra Hajda 31st October, 2009
“…………….The meeting was in fact brokered by the International Commission on Nuclear Non- Proliferation and Disarmament, a body founded by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
At first glance this appears to be little more than a minor think-tank (more…)

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Hypocrisy of Australia over uranium sales

October 22, 2009

The Forgotten Nightmare: Global Cooling By Robin Davis 21 October, 2009 Countercurrents.org “……Here in Australia, advocates of uranium mining and export claim that this gives us a more credible voice in the world arena than we would otherwise have. They say our position as the largest source of uranium and the second largest exporter after Canada makes us more effective in preventing nuclear proliferation than we would otherwise be. In other words, by selling the stuff from which nuclear weapons are made, we are helping to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

This absurd reasoning extends to the so-called “safeguard” agreements – essentially book-keeping entries – that supposedly track every morsel of “Australian Obligated” uranium during its travels around the world, including its reprocessing and on-selling. We can rest assured that Australian uranium won’t be used to make nuclear weapons – or free up other uranium for that purpose – because we say it can’t and the buyer nations say it won’t………

History tells a different story. Of about 60 countries that have nuclear power or research reactors more than 20 have used their “peaceful” facilities for covert nuclear weapons research or production or both. India, Pakistan, Israel, South Africa and North Korea have all developed nuclear weapons under cover of “peaceful” nuclear programs……………..

The belligerence and blatant double standards demonstrated by the “big five,” who also hold the five permanent seats and veto power on the UN Security Council, provides motivation and “justification” for other states – some repeatedly threatened with attack, including nuclear attack (“all options are on the table”) – to develop a nuclear “deterrent” of their own. “Peaceful” nuclear programs are the obvious way for them to develop the necessary expertise and facilities and to acquire the technology and essential raw material: uranium……………

It seems the straight-faced hypocrisy of successive Australian governments is boundless: joining in the vilification of the latest designated nuclear “rogue” states, worrying over nuclear terrorism and mouthing non-proliferation platitudes on the one hand while allowing exports of the raw material for nuclear proliferation on the other. If Australia were sincere it would leave its uranium in the ground..

The Forgotten Nightmare: Global Cooling By Robin Davis

Britain’ atmospheric atomic bomb tests

October 20, 2009

Maralinga Our Own Shame – UK Nuclear Bomb Tests in Australia   – Care2 News Network (UK) by David Buchan 19 Oct 09  Britain actively used Australian soil and people to conduct it’s nuclear testing program during the 1950s and 1960s. (more…)

Japan, Australia lead talks on nuclear arms reduction

October 19, 2009

Japan, Australia lead talks on nuclear arms reduction Google News (AFP) –  19 Oct 09 TOKYO — An international committee led by Japan and Australia began a fourth round of talks Sunday to draft recommendations on how to achieve a nuclear weapon-free world.The International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) began the three days of talks in Hiroshima, site of a US atomic bombing at the end of World War II.Former foreign ministers Gareth Evans of Australia and Yoriko Kawaguchi of Japan are leading the talks, joined by former US defence secretary William Perry and former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, among others.The group plans to issue recommendations in January ahead of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in Vienna.The ICNND was launched in 2008 as a joint initiative between Japan and Australia.

AFP: Japan, Australia lead talks on nuclear arms reduction

Australia’s diplomatic achievement in Israel-Iran nuclear talks

October 16, 2009

Australia brokers Israel-Iran talks
Brisbane Times October 16, 2009 – 6:29AM
AAP
Australia has achieved a diplomatic coup, encouraging Iran and Israel to the negotiating table on nuclear weapons.
Fairfax newspapers report that a meeting between Israeli and Iranian officials was brokered by Australia and took place in Cairo at a meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, an expert panel assembled by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The talks led to a “very robust exchange”, a source said, occurring days after Iran, a nation suspected of having nuclear weapons ambitions, revealed it had built a uranium enrichment plant. http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/australia-brokers-israeliran-talks-20091016-gzjx.html

Did Telstra close nuclear vets website, under govt pressure?

October 16, 2009

Coober Pedy Regional Times Maralinga Anniversary October 15, 1953 – 1967 and nuclear veteran’s website is closed down.

Only a few weeks ago, the Australian veterans of the atomic tests launched a class action against the Australian Federal Government on the basis that at the time of exposing Australian troops to nuclear blasts the Government knew that the exposed troops were placed in danger from internalisation of fission products. (more…)

International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation will promote nuke power

October 10, 2009

Japan: The fourth meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament
ISRA 9 Oct 09 The fourth meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, co-chaired by Hon. Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the Hon. Gareth Evans AO, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, will be held in Hiroshima from October 18 (Sun) to 20 (Tue) (more…)

Australia will not take in international nuclear wastes

October 7, 2009

Rudd slams door on nuclear waste industry  THE AUSTRALIAN Christian Kerr  October 07, 2009 THE Rudd government has rejected calls from former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans for Australia to take back the waste from the uranium it sells. (more…)

World’s massive nuclear waste problem

October 7, 2009

Mining uranium fuels a massive toxic problem Scott Ludlam 6th October 2009, The mining and export of Australian uranium only digs us deeper into the unsolvable conundrum of nuclear waste (more…)

Maralinga’s radioactive fallout still blowing in the wind

October 2, 2009

Australia, dust storms and the fallout Britain left behind
Idealist.ws 1 Oct 09 “………What is Maralinga? How did plutonium get there?

In the 1950s and 1960s, Australia was the host of a handful of U.K.-sponsored atmospheric nuclear tests and related nuclear experiments on the Montel Bello Islands (off the northwest coast) and at Emu Field and Maralinga, both located in the Great Victoria Desert in South Australia. (more…)