Aussie in talks with India on uranium sale

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    Aussie in talks with India on uranium sale

    Melbourne: Australia and India are in a secret "dialogue"to allow the sale of uranium to New Delhi despite Canberra's declared policy of opposing sales to non-NPT signatories, a media report claimed today.

    "The two nations have already begun a dialogue that is likely to canvass the uranium sale if Labor dumps its opposition to the trade at the party's national conference in December,"The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported.

    It mentioned that a confidential briefing note to Resources Minister Martin Ferguson in February said the dialogue"may prove a useful avenue to communicate any policy shifts on the issue"of uranium exports.

    "The dialogue could be elevated in the future as conditions allow agreement on exporting uranium to India,"the note from his department said. It is said that Ferguson is expected to lead a push to"modernise"Labor's uranium policy at the conference, having declared this year that India has a"very, very good history of nuclear non-proliferation", despite its refusal to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

    Ferguson warned against reading"too much"into the briefing note, saying last night that his department was"simply noting all potential eventualities, as departments do". The revelation of a formal dialogue has alarmed the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which obtained the briefing note using freedom-of-information laws.

    "Opening up uranium sales to India would fuel the nuclear arms race under way between India and Pakistan, which has potentially catastrophic consequences,"its Australian Director Tim Wright said yesterday.

    "The threat of a regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan is real. Selling uranium to India runs counter to Australia's own security interests, and makes a mockery of its stated commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons." Meanwhile, Ferguson denied he is in secret talks.

    The Greens spokesman on nuclear issues Scott Ludlam has also expressed alarm about the proposal and said the government must rule out the plan. A spokeswoman for Ferguson said it was wrong. She said the talks with India have been about selling resources and energy and not uranium. (PTI)

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    I hosted an Aussie yesterday. He said something might work out. He says he and ordinary Aussies hate the Chinese and Oz is now looking at doing something about China and the threat it presents.
     
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    The reason why they dislike Chinese might be their personal views. I can understand why they hate them. If you visit Sydney you will feel that the Chinese are slowly occupying the country. The moment you land at Sydney International Airport it would seem you landed at Shanghai International Airport. Also Chinese people are very good in English which bothers the racist Aussies more than anything :lol:

    But at the end of the day China is one of Australia's valued customer. And as long as labour party is power their relations are going to good with China. But their days are numbered and the Liberal party will soon come to power.
     
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    What ever may have spurred the Australian govt in talks with indian over possible exports,the decision by Germany to give up on its nuclear power programme and the possibility of Japan following suit,will weigh heavily on its decision to export Uranium to India.i'm not sure what is the size of Australia's share in Germany and Japan's Uranium import,but being the country with the largest Uranium reserves,the figure must be pretty high and the fear of potentially losing in a steady market could force them to look elsewhere,even those on the forbidden list.
     
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    What happened to all the NPT talk?? Looks like nuclear industry will not be going anywhere for a long time until it is replaced with something better.
     

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