Selling our uranium to Emirates: Dr Wareham addresses Treaties Committee

Dr Sue Wareham was invited to a round-table on 17 June with the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties where she raised significant problems arising from the proposed treaty governing Australian uranium sales to the United Arab Emirates.

Civil society representatives present raised significant problems with the treaty, including the possibility that Australian uranium could fuel nuclear weapons; the historic involvement of UAE-based firms in the nuclear black market; the destabilising effect of a new nuclear industry in the Middle East; and the possibility of high-level waste, for which we have no disposal facility, being returned to Australia.

Sue represented MAPW; others present were Professor Richard Broinowski (for ICANi); Dave Sweeney (ACFi), Dr Jim Green (Friends of the Earth) and independent researcher David Noonan. All new treaties face and inquiry by this Committee.

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