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Exporting uranium to India will be a 'irresponsible' step, says ex-Oz PM Fraser

January 26, 2012 - Melbourne

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser has warned the Julia Gillard Government that its decision to allow exports of uranium to India will contribute to a global spread of nuclear weapons.

Fraser has used Australia Day to launch a petition signed by 713 Order of Australia recipients, urging the government to ban nuclear weapons. Signatories include former prime ministers Bob Hawke and Gough Whitlam, former foreign ministers Gareth Evans and Andrew Peacock, and former high court justices.

"What we want to do is keep the idea of a nuclear-free world alive. There is no doubt that exports to India will make it easier for India to divert uranium for weapons purposes," Fraser told ABC Radio.

According to, Fraser also said that the George Bush administration (2000-2008) contributed to the spread of nuclear weapons, and countries like Iran and North Korea have responded accordingly.

He urged incumbent US President Barack Obama to devote more attention to the problem and avoid becoming marred in domestic politics.


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