Parliamentary call for nuclear abolition welcomed

MAPW and ICANi - the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons - have welcomed today's call by a federal parliamentary inquiry, for Australia to play a leading role in ridding the world of nuclear weapons through a global Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC).

The recommendation supporting the Nuclear Weapons Convention is part of a new report by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties following its examination of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation treaties.

The report has also urged the Australian Parliament to actively call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.

"Recent years have seen important international moves opposing chemical and biological weapons, land mines and cluster munitions," said Dr Bill Williams, President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) and Board Member of ICANi.

"It is now time to get serious about abolishing the worst weapons of all and Australia has an important role to play".