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NUCLEAR WEAPONS—URANIUM EXPORTS

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 273—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the uranium study conducted by Newspoll for the Australian Conservation Foundation over the weekend of 1 November and 2 November 2008, which shows that:

  (i) Australians are 2:1 against uranium exports to countries with nuclear weapons,

  (ii) 40 per cent of Australians are against the export of Australian uranium to any country for use in nuclear power plants for electricity generation,

  (iii) a majority of Australians in every state are opposed to uranium exports to countries with nuclear weapons or against any uranium exports at all, and


  (iv) results show 48 per cent of women are against uranium exports to any country, and a total of 73 per cent of women are against uranium exports to countries with nuclear weapons that have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; and

 (b) calls on the Government to take this strong indication of public opinion into account as it makes a decision on the clear recommendations provided by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on the Australia-Russia uranium agreement signed by former Prime Minister Howard and the then President Putin in 2007.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,6


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamSiewert (Teller)Xenophon
Hanson-YoungMilne

NOES, 35


Senators—
AdamsCameronFergusonParry (Teller)
ArbibCashForshawPayne
BarnettCollinsFurnerPolley
BilykCoonanHurleyPratt
BishopCormannJoyceRonaldson
BoswellCrossinLudwigStephens
BoyceEllisonLundyTroeth
Brown, CarolFarrellMcEwenWortley
BushbyFeeneyMoore

Question negatived.