1 September 2008
Australia-Russia civil nuclear cooperation agreement
The Australia-Russia civil nuclear cooperation agreement was signed in September 2007 and tabled in Parliament on 14 May 2008.
The Agreement is currently before the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. The Committee will conduct a further public hearing on the Agreement in Canberra this morning.
The Agreement meets all of Australia’s long-standing safeguards requirements and promotes the highest international standards in this area. The agreement opens up opportunities for Australia and Russia on nuclear non-proliferation matters generally and would help consolidate Australia’s position as a reliable, secure supplier of energy resources.
Once the Committee has reported on the Agreement, the Government will make a final decision on ratification at an appropriate time.
When considering ratification the Government will take into account recent and on going events in Georgia and Australia’s bilateral relationship with Russia.
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