World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Howard must rule out uranium exports to India

Howard must rule out uranium exports to India: Greens

Prime Minister John Howard must immediately rule out permitting uranium exports to India, Australian Greens energy spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said today.

"All Australians should be alarmed about reports that senior Australian officials have told India that the Howard government is prepared to permit the sale of uranium while India remains outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," Senator Milne said in Canberra.

"Prime Minister Howard has said that India has a good non-proliferation record since it exploded a nuclear weapon 30 years ago. However, a recent report by the US-based Institute of Science and International Security details a well developed and active Indian program to outfit its uranium enrichment program and to circumvent other countries' export control efforts.

"By exporting uranium to India, Australia would be granting the same access to uranium as is permitted for non-nuclear weapon states that fully comply with the NPT, but with fewer safeguards than apply under the treaty.

"This would seriously undermine the NPT and jeopardise regional security. It would also violate the treaty governing the Nuclear Suppliers Group, of which Australia is a signatory, which prohibits exports of nuclear materials to any country without full-scope safeguards.

"Therefore, Prime Minister Howard must rule out permitting Australian uranium to be exported to India."

The Greens oppose nuclear power because of the risks of accidents, the problem of storing radioactive waste, and the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation. Nuclear power is not an answer to climate change because it is too slow, too expensive, too dangerous and is not sustainable.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news