BLUFWhile Australia was yet to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it has now dropped its opposition.
This article by Daniel Hurst, writing for The Guardian, makes the following points:
- The shift in Australia's voting position to 'abstain' after five years of 'no' is seen by campaigners as Australia distancing itself from the USA's opposition to the Treaty.
- The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons seeks to impose a blanket ban on developing, testing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons.
- Australia has traditionally argued the Treaty would not work because none of the nuclear weapons states had joined it.
References from the Web:
- OCT 2022 'Small but important step': Australia's shift on treaty banning nuclear weapons applauded—SBS
- OCT 2022 Australia drops nuclear weapon opposition—Canberra Times