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Notice given 17 December 2010

364  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the monitoring of Burma’s alleged nuclear program and the role of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO):

(1) (a) What efforts have been made to monitor developments in Burma relating to its alleged nuclear weapons program since May 2010; and (b) what role has ASNO played.

(2) At the September 2010 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Assembly in Vienna, the Burmese military junta’s statement included a refutation of allegations of a nuclear weapons program. What has the IAEA done to investigate this statement.

(3) How has Australia used its position on the Board of Governors, and Australia’s Mission in Vienna to address this potentially very serious proliferation issue in our region.