MAPW National Council hears report on nuclear treaties

MAPW's National Council, which met on the weekend of 29-30 August 2009, was addressed by the Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson M. Mr Thomson chairs the Australian Parliament's significant Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), which is expected to report later this month on its broad-ranging inquiry into Australia’s nuclear treaties.

Mr Thomson discussed progress towards nuclear disarmament, including many of the major existing international treaties being considered by the parliamentary enquiry; and the proposal for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

On the question of a Convention, a core recommendation in MAPW and ICANi submissions to the inquiry, Mr Thomson suggested that some other NGOis had expressed reservations. In discussion, MAPW and ICANi representatives expressed their willingness to present further information and clarification on the important role a Convention could play.

Read Kelvin Thomson's speech to MAPW.