Support the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Negotiations

The following message has been circulated by ICAN Australia in the light of the Turnbull Government’s decision to boycott next month’s UN nuclear ban treaty negotiations.

Dear Supporters

The Australian government yesterday announced that it will boycott next month’s UN nuclear ban treaty negotiations. Its reason: US nuclear weapons are essential for Australia’s security and therefore should not be prohibited.

News reports: The Guardian; Australian Associated Press

Australia is turning its back on the UN at a time when multilateral approaches to global challenges are more important than ever. It’s taking orders from the Trump administration, when it should be listening to the Australian public.

This will be the first time that Australia has failed to take part in disarmament negotiations. We’re a party to treaties prohibiting chemical weapons, biological weapons, anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions.

It beggars belief that the government is refusing to join negotiations for a ban on the very worst weapons of all. The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, is tarnishing ambien no prescription Australia’s international reputation and undermining our security.

We must all speak out loudly against this outrageous decision.

Kind regards,

Tim Wright
ICAN Australia
17 February 2017

More information: Read about the UN Nuclear Ban Negotiations here.