The Fraser Government's "Uranium Decision" and the Foundations of Australian Non-Proliferation Policy: A Reappraisal

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    Abstract

    The Fraser era represents a defining moment in Australia's approach to the issues of uranium exports and non-proliferation policy. In contrast to some well-established positions in the literature, this essay argues that the Fraser government's August 1977 decision to approve the export of uranium was framed not only by domestic political considerations stemming from the Ranger Environmental Inquiry but also by important international factors. In particular, I argue that the non-proliferation initiatives of the Carter administration presented the Fraser government with an opportunity to portray the export of Australian uranium as means to strengthen the non-proliferation regime and enhance Australia's influence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)221-235
    JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
    Volume58
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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