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Cabinet's National Security Committee set to create global insecurity.

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Christine Milne

Australian Senate Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania

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Cabinet's National Security Committee set to create global insecurity

Canberra, Tuesday August 14, 2007 Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today called on cabinet's National Security Committee to reject the proposal it will consider this afternoon to sell uranium to nuclear-armed India.

Senator Milne said "India has repeatedly thumbed its nose at the international community and international law, illegally testing nuclear weapons and refusing to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan has been the only true nuclear flash-point since the end of the Cold War.

"If our Cabinet's National Security Committee agrees this afternoon to sell Australian uranium to India, following George Bush's lead and instructions, those seven men will be responsible for making the world far less secure.

"The Labor Party should be held equally responsible for failing to stand up and oppose this deal. Twice in the last week, Labor has joined the Government to vote down motions I have put before the Senate to oppose selling uranium to nuclear-armed India.

"John Howard and Kevin Rudd seem to believe, against all the evidence, that George Bush's nuclear deal with India provides cover for this sale. In fact, that deal would still leave a number of India's nuclear reactors outside international safeguards regimes, allowing India to continue linking its civil nuclear program to its weapons program.

"When John Howard and George Bush stand shoulder to shoulder at APEC, their driza-bones won't protect them from the nuclear fall-out of this deal. Australians want their leaders to stand up for global security and insist that no uranium be sold to any country that has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty or is not open to international safeguards regimes."

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