Criticisms have surrounded Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop’s announcement about the sale of the nation’s uranium to Ukraine.
The critics have defined the decision as an ill-advised one. According to them, it is the minister’s way of walking away from responsibilities. Bishop had announced approval of the sale of uranium under an agreement to be signed by the Australia foreign affairs minister and Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko at a nuclear security summit led by US President Barack Obama later this week.
“At the summit I will join world leaders in urging the international community to maintain strong cooperation on nuclear security,” Bishop said. “I will also discuss new opportunities to counter the ever-present threat of terrorists acquiring nuclear material or sabotaging nuclear facilities.”
According to the Straits Times, Australia does not have a nuclear industry but it plays a vital role in the supply of tenth of the world’s uranium for power projects.The number of countries taking the interest in buying Aussie uranium for peaceful purposes has gradually been increasing. Bishop has claimed that the mineral to be sold to Ukraine would be used for nuclear power generation. She posted a tweet this week to reaffirm the sale of uranium to Ukraine. The retweets followed the post criticising the federal government’s move.
Earlier, Australia has supplied fuels directly to Fukushima. Now the next target is to supply uranium to Ukraine, the country that where the disastrous Chernobyl happened. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine occurred in April 1986 has affected large areas of eastern and western Europe and its effects still continue to affect the people in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. People in these places still live in contaminated areas even after almost 3 decades after.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the present deal which will be signed with Ukraine might prove to be an irrelevant policy decision for the government. This is because it is likely that the decision will lead to increased importance of mining sectors, thereby prompting negligence of the national interest and global liabilities of the nation.