Australia, India and the Uranium Question

Michael Clarke

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    This article examines the bipartisan nuclear 'grand bargain', namely that Australia would only export uranium to states signatory to the Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT), in framing Australian policy and debate towards India. India has not signed the NPT, and shows no willingness to do so. Since 2006 the domestic political and media debate regarding uranium sales to India shows that this grand bargain is fraying. This article explores the major arguments that have been elucidated by Australian political party leaders either for or against uranium sales to India and concludes with a discussion of the opportunities and challenges presented to Australia if it were to make an exception for India.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)489-502
    JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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