Australia’s disarmament record
May 15, 2013
Australian governments have generally been strong proponents of horizontal nuclear non-proliferation, but skilled at avoiding the issue of nuclear disarmament. Rhetoric has centred on what other nations must do or not do and has ignored the enormous responsibility Australia has by virtue of its ties with nuclear-armed states.
In May 2013 ICAN Australia launched a booklet assessing Australia’s record on nuclear weapons. Titled Disarmament Double-Speak, it summarises Australia’s mixed history in the field of disarmament, its continuing support for US extended nuclear deterrence, its resistance to a global ban on nuclear weapons, the inadequacy of safeguards on uranium exports and investments in nuclear arms companies.