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To: Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Australia must join the UN negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons!
We urge the Australian government to participate constructively in the forthcoming United Nations negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.
Australia has joined treaties banning chemical weapons, biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions. Now it must help negotiate a UN ban on nuclear weapons.
Refusing to join these historic negotiations, set to begin on 27 March 2017, would cause long-term damage to Australia's international reputation.
It would cast serious doubt on our commitment to achieving a safer, more peaceful world through international diplomacy.
The vast majority of Australians – 84 per cent, according to a recent Nielsen poll – want the government to support these efforts to ban nuclear weapons.
They are weapons intended to inflict catastrophic human harm. Their use can never be justified under any circumstances.
We hope that you will stand on the right side of history and fully support this UN process.
Why is this important?
Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited under international law. But the UN is now working to fix that.
Negotiations will take place in New York in March, June and July 2017 on a "legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons".
The United States, which possesses a staggering 6,800 nuclear weapons, has instructed its allies, including Australia, to boycott the negotiations.
But Australia, as a sovereign nation, should decide for itself whether to participate. The government should listen to its people.
We are under no illusion that this treaty will guarantee the elimination of nuclear weapons overnight. But it is a necessary and urgent starting point.
How it will be delivered
We will deliver the petition to the Minister for Foreign Affairs ahead of the first round of negotiations.