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Labor supports sending Putin-Howard APEC agreement to Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade for examination

Posted by gmarkets on 28 September, 2007

Labor supported the reference of the agreement to provide Australian uranium to Russia to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, said Labor Senator George Campbell in the Commonwealth Senate on 17 September 2007. Labor not necessarily against agreement: The reference gave parliament the opportunity to examine the details of the bilateral agreement signed by President Putin and Prime Minister Howard during APEC. Labor started from a position of being open to sales of uranium to a non-proliferation treaty signatory, as Russia was. But Labor would certainly like to see Russia ratify the International Atomic Energy Agency’s additional protocol which it signed seven years ago, which strengthened the inspections and safeguards regime.

Scrutiny a good idea: The committee’s scrutiny of the agreement would be an important part of the process of detailed consideration, said Campbell. In particular, the reference to the Committee provided the opportunity to examine the adequacy of safeguards being built into the agreement, domestic security issues relating to Russia and the importance of the IAEA additional protocol to the agreement. It was much the same process that was conducted in regard to the sale of uranium to China, aid Campbell.

Reference: George Campbell, Senator for New South Wales, Australian Labor Party, Commonwealth Senate, 17 September 2007 (on Committees: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Reference)

Erisk Net, 17/9/2007

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