Australian news, and some related international items

Australia well represented at Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, (though not by government)

logo-ICANGem Romuld ,Outreach Coordinator International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons- Australia    10 Dec 14   The Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons concluded last night. It went for two days after ICAN’s Civil Society Forum.
Aunty Sue Coleman-Haseldine was invited by the Austrian Government to speak about the impact of nuclear testing on Aboriginal land, culture and people, which she did brilliantly! She spoke to 600 people at the Civil Society Forum and then 158 governments and 1100 people at the Government Conference. The transcript is in here. The Australian delegation still did not acknowledge the consequences of nuclear testing in Australia, shame! Sue has been on ABC News Radio, Radio National and will be on NITV News on Thursday night.
The Conference saw many countries stand up and declare their support and readiness to take the next step and start negotiating an international treaty ban the bomb. The Austrian Government announced the “Austria pledge” to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons”. Here is an article about the pledge from IPPNW. 
ICAN delivered a great statement to the Conference; ‘This is not a radical proposal. Indiscriminate weapons get banned. We have done it before with other weapon systems, including biological and chemical weapons’. You can read it here.  

You can find a lot of quotes from the various countries on twitter at #hinw14vienna or #goodbyenukes, if you want to get in on the details! There are lots of photos here.
ICAN Australia sent an open letter to Julie Bishop before the Conference, signed by 32 organisations, calling on the Australian Govt to support a NW treaty and remove any role for NW in Australia’s defence. The letter and list of endorsements is here. It was taken to Bishop’s office by Judy Blyth in Perth.
One step closer to banning the bomb!

December 10, 2014 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Opposition to nuclear

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