Wednesday, 10 May 2006
- That the Senate—
- notes that:
- the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Madam Fu Ying, stated in December 2005 that China does not have sufficient uranium for both its weapons and civilian energy programs,
- Australian yellowcake needs to go to conversion, enrichment and processing facilities before being allocated to declared civilian nuclear power stations,
- most of the conversion, enrichment and processing facilities are not declared facilities and are therefore not covered by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, and
- those facilities that are declared are only declared at the discretion of the Chinese Government, and therefore are voluntary and can at any time be removed from IAEA safeguards;
- recognises therefore that by exporting uranium to China, Australia will be supporting, either directly or indirectly, the Chinese nuclear weapons program in contravention of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; and
- opposes and condemns the export of uranium to China.
- That the Senate—
- the statement by the Prime Minister, Mr Howard, on 28 March 2006 that ‘whilst India is not a signatory to the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation] treaty, everybody knows that, her behaviour since exploding a device in 1974 has been impeccable’,
- that India conducted nuclear tests in 1998, prompting the Australian Government to sever defence links with India,
- that India resumed missile testing in 2001, using an intermediate range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead,
- that India has still not become a party to either the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty nor the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and
- India has a well-developed, active and secret program to outfit its uranium enrichment program and circumvent other countries’ technology export control efforts, according to a recently-released report by the United States of America-based Institute of Science and International Security; and
- calls on the Prime Minister to rule out any change to the Government’s policy of refusing to permit the sale of uranium to India.