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Australia-Russia Nuclear Cooperation signed on 7 September 2007 without public review by Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT)

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania, Australian Greens, reported in the Commonwealth Senate, 17 September 2007, expressed a concern abou the Australia-Russia Nuclear Cooperation Agreement signed on 7 September 2007.

Review needed: The previous week Milne had moved for this matter to be referred under the JSCOT process — the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Treaties — but the Senate voted it down. She had then asked that it be moved to the Senate committee. The Agreement would come into force when each country had completed its domestic ratification processes, likely to be in the second half of 2008 at the earliest. In Australia the process involved parliamentary and public scrutiny including consideration of the Agreement by the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT). Milne wanted clarification that the agreement for the sale of Australian uranium to Russia is going to be assessed under the JSCOT process, as the explanatory notes seemed to suggest.

Now GNEP, too: She said “This is a particularly significant day to be rising in the Senate to talk about an Australian agreement because I have only just learned that, overnight in Europe, Australia signed on to George Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. It has received no publicity in Australia and, if it were not for the Times of India, Australians would still be ignorant of the fact that last night Australia did sign to be part of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, which is George Bush’s initiative, and for which the Prime Minister has been an enthusiast.

Reference: Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania, Australian Greens, Commonwealth Senate, 17 Sepetember 2007 (on Committees: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Reference)

Erisk Net, 17/9/2007

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