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The Indian Exception to Australia’s Nuclear Trade


Australia’s decision to allow for uranium exports to India may signal a shift in India’s status in multilateral export control arrangements

Traditionally, Australia did not export its uranium to countries outside of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime, a policy that was championed by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) as evidence of Canberra’s commitment to global non-proliferation. But in December 2011, the ALP voted to make a small change to its uranium export policies: India, steadfast in its refusal to sign the NPT, will be permitted to negotiate a uranium sales agreement with Australia. The change was

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Andrea Berger

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