Australia should be at the forefront of nations breathing new life into global nuclear weapons disarmament. Instead Australia has weakened global efforts towards nuclear disarmament through undermining global negotiations and by advancing plans to sell uranium to nuclear weapons states.
In 1972 the world banned biological weapons, in 1993 we banned chemical weapons, in 1997 we banned land mines, and in 2008 we banned cluster munitions. It is time for a global nuclear weapons ban treaty.
Not only would nuclear weapons instantly kill millions of people and impact on the gene pool, but the detonation of 50 - 100 nuclear weapons could change the global climate with global temperatures crashing, destroying crops as well as depleting the ozone layer.
Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons known on earth. There are now 15,700 nuclear weapons globally - of those 1,800 of those weapons are on ‘high-alert' status.
The risks are real and the consequences are catastrophic. We cannot afford to be complacent about the threat of nuclear war.
There is growing momentum for a ban on nuclear weapons. In 2016 the UN voted on a resolution to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Australia did not support this vote but 137 countries did. To see a full list of countries and updates on the process go to http://www.icanw.org/updates/
It's time Australia supported a global ban on nuclear weapons.