Senate debates

Thursday, 1 November 2012


India: Nuclear Power Industry

12:23 pm

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I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

  (i) ongoing peaceful protests against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant, including hunger strikes, relay fasts and massive marches,

  (ii) the deportation on 25 September 2012 of three Japanese citizens from India, on suspicion of supporting the peaceful anti-nuclear mass movement,

  (iii) the detention on 25 October 2012 of Australian documentary maker Mr David Bradbury, who was questioned at Radhapuram Police Station,

  (iv) the interrogation on 30 October 2012 in Palavur Police Station of a German journalist from Der Spiegel, picked up after he reportedly entered the Koodankulam nuclear power plant seeking an interview with officials, and

  (v) brutal repression by the police and navy of the tens of thousands of peaceful protestors at the Koodankalam reactor, including at least five related deaths over struggles against Koodankulam, Jaitapur (Maharashtra) and Gorakhpur (Haryana) nuclear power plants since 2010; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) make direct representations to Indian authorities about the treatment of peaceful protesters, as well as Australian and other foreign journalists in India, and

  (ii) uphold the Treaty of Rarotonga by not selling uranium to countries that stand outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and its associated safeguards system.

Question agreed to.