Fact or Fission?: The Truth About Australia's Nuclear Ambitions

Fact or Fission?: The Truth About Australia's Nuclear Ambitions by Richard Broinowski

ISBN10: 192076903X
ISBN13: 978-1920769031
Author: Richard Broinowski
Title: Fact or Fission?: The Truth About Australia's Nuclear Ambitions
Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (April 1, 2004)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1259 kb
Size PDF: 1454 kb
Rating: 3.7/5
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Subcategory: Social Sciences

Fact or Fission?: The Truth About Australia's Nuclear Ambitions by Richard Broinowski



For almost sixty years - from the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 to the invasion of Iraq in search of weapons of mass destruction and the nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula - nuclear issues have driven international relations. And all Australian governments since 1945 have shaped their nuclear policies according to what they believed or knew Washington wanted.
In reality, this book argues, Australia's reputation was not always well deserved. Based on previously classified files and interviews with Australian diplomats and politicians, Fact or Fission? reveals for the first time that Australia's credentials in non-proliferation during and since the 1970s were little more than a ploy to disempower anti-nuclear groups in the community. It also provides convincing evidence that, under commercial pressure, governments substantially compromised safeguards controlling the export of Australian uranium - with the result that uranium has probably found its way, in one form or another, into clandestine nuclear weapons.
Now the Howard government has gone even further down the nuclear path. It has uncritically embraced American nuclear war-fighting policies that undermine the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and encourage the spread of such weapons. Such outcomes, this book argues, would profoundly endanger Australia's own security. Fact or Fission? is a vital record of government duplicity and deception.

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