Australia is stepping up its efforts to support the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament system under the Albanese Government. This entails collaborating with the international community to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons, cutting down on weapon stockpiles, and encouraging the safe, secure, and non-militaristic application of nuclear science and technology.
Russia’s feeble and desperate nuclear threats over its unprovoked, immoral war, this time on Ukraine and North Korea’s continuous nuclear weapons development highlight the urgent need for progress on nuclear disarmament.
“Australia is committed to nuclear non-proliferation and a world without nuclear weapons”, Senator Penny Wong, the Australian minister for foreign affairs said on Twitter.
Australia was the first nation to enact the Additional Protocol (AP) for its agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and this month marks 25 years since that event.
The highest guarantees of compliance with our nuclear non-proliferation duties are provided by the Additional Protocol. As a requirement for supply, it is essential to Australia’s uranium export policy.
Australia has actively promoted the Additional Protocol on a global scale; it has since received ratification from 140 jurisdictions. The Additional Protocol and Australia’s tight relationship with the IAEA serve as a model for the entire world when it comes to protecting nuclear material.
Through various initiatives, including as the Australian Safeguards Support Program, we are maintaining our efforts to improve the global non-proliferation framework.
The Albanese Government will continue the Labor Party’s illustrious tradition of supporting effective disarmament initiatives, its dedication to stringent non-proliferation standards, and its steadfast commitment to a world that is free of nuclear weapons.