Melbourne: Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser on Monday strongly criticised Julia Gillard for amending the long-standing Labor policy to sell uranium to India calling it a "shameful abject submission to US pressure."
In an opinion piece published in 'The Age', Fraser, who led the country during 1975-83 as a Prime Minister, said "Canberra's abject submission to US pressure is shameful."
He said Gillard has been "dead wrong" in doing so and changing the policy through a deeply divided ALP nationalconference last weekend was not smart politics, but a failure of leadership.
"The unequivocal longer-term consequences of this policy backflip are aggravating India's nuclear arms race with Pakistan and eroding the already failing brakes on proliferation of nuclear weapons," Fraser said, adding that nuclear war between the south Asian neighbours was not some theoretical possibility, but a real and growing danger. ...more
08:52 AM, Dec 12, 2011
Melbourne: Calling the Labor party's long-standing policy banning uranium exports to India as outdated, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday indicated her plans to allow uranium sales to the country. In a write up in 'The Age' report today, Gillard has indicated her plan to push for party policy at next month's Labor national conference to lift the ban, bringing Australia into line with America's thinking. Gillard declares that...
09:35 AM, Nov 15, 2011