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Signs of life on disarmament


Fiona Cunningham

29 September 2010 09:48

While there has been heated discussion about Australia's nuclear choices, including on this blog, debate and action on Australia's disarmament policy under the Gillard Government has been decidedly more subdued.

Nonproliferation and disarmament was hidden among a litany of international ills that Kevin Rudd urged the international community to address in his speech at the UN General Assembly over the weekend – after global finance, climate change and terrorism but before UN reform, poverty and human rights.

Yet there are signs that Rudd may be swinging into action on the nuclear front, establishing a new group of ten countries advocating disarmament and nonproliferation with his Japanese counterpart. Dubbed the Cross-Regional Group on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, this nuclear G10 includes Canada, Chile, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and Turkey as well as Japan and Australia.

The German press has rather cynically reported it as a way for Germany to burnish its credentials for election to a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

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