Senate debates

Monday, 27 March 2017


Nuclear Weapons

3:58 pm

Photo of Lisa SinghLisa Singh (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney General) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Ludlam, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) there are close to 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, posing a grave threat to all humanity,

  (ii) nuclear weapons remain the only weapons of mass destruction not yet expressly prohibited under international law,

  (iii) the United Nations (UN) will convene a conference from 27 to 31 March 2017 and 15 June to 7 July 2017 to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination,

  (iv) the UN General Assembly has encouraged all UN member states to participate in the conference, and

  (v) Australia, as a state party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, is legally required to pursue negotiations in good faith for nuclear disarmament; and

(b) urges the Australian Government to participate constructively in the conference.


Alcy Infinity
Posted on 5 Jun 2017 11:18 pm

Congratulations to the senators who are very wisely properly representing the Australian people on this issue by supporting the UN International Treaty for the global ban of all nuclear weapons. A survey about 3 years ago (shown on wikipedia) shows that 85% of Australians were for the ban and 3% against the ban at the time. Now I feel 99.9% of Australians are for the ban according to my own survey where I live.
How arrogant, outrageous, criminal, barbaric and cruel is opposing to the global ban of nuclear weapons today?
All politicians who are opposed to the global ban of nuclear weapons are misrepresenting the Australian people and the greater Humanity today, and future generations.
What kind of future do we want for us, our children, the children of our children, and all future generations? The future with nuclear weapons is so horrible, who in their right mind can even support the idea of producing them?