Nobel Prize winner warns against Australia acquiring nuclear weapons

“I don’t believe that China represents a military threat to Australia” – Associate Professor Marianne Hanson

A spokesperson from International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons, Marianne Hanson, warned a rally last Friday against acquisition of nuclear powered submarines.

Ms Hanson who teaches and researches in the field of international politics and is Vice-Chair of ICAN Australia spoke out against buying nuclear submarines and explained how this will curtail efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.

“Today, no country, which doesn’t have nuclear weapons, there are nine states that have nuclear weapons. Apart from those states, no country in the world has been given this technology. So no country in the world has nuclear powered submarines, we are therefore going to break this taboo.”

Protestors hold up placards against AUKUS and Nuclear Subs on 10 Dec 21 after a march across Victoria Street Bridge in Brisbane

Ms Hanson told the rally that other states are trying to copy Australia and get access to the nuclear submarine technology:

“Already Iran has out, as I say, other states, South Korea, even Canada sought to have this kind of exemption. And all the states have been denied. Suddenly, in August, Australia is given this technology or were promised to have this technology. So there are big problems here for our reputation, and presenting a very, very risky precedent in the nuclear non proliferation regime more broadly.”

“Our organization won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts. Of course, the government didn’t even bother to phone any of us and say, congratulations. So I want to reiterate that these are going to be these are going to be attack class, nuclear powered submarines, using highly enriched uranium, they’re going to cost at least $100 billion. They’re going to lock us in to war planning with the United States in a way that has been unprecedented.

Ms Hanson later called on people who are members of Q Super to write to their super funds asking them to divest from the nuclear industry.

Ms Hanson’s full address to the rally is below (please correct any mistakes in the comments section)

Ian Curr
12 Dec 2021

Marianne Hanson

Sun, 12/12 9:39AM • 7:32

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SPEAKERS

Peter Catt, Marianne Hanson (ICAN)

Peter Catt 

Our next speaker is Marianne Hanson, who is with the national campaign for the abolition of nuclear weapons (ICAN). Marianne, teachers and researchers in the field of international politics, she’s also vice chairs ICAN Australia, and I can great supporter of the peace lecture. So we have the honor of hosting with John each December she’ll be speaking about the problem with nuclear submarines were opposed to nuclear weapons, and those that Australia is very tardy in that process, so please make Marianne welcome.

Marianne Hanson (ICAN) 

Thank you I’d like to pay my respects to traditiopnal owners of this land. Peter said  my area of specialization is International Politics and International Security. And within that, FBI have focused very much on the spread of the spread and control of nuclear material and nuclear technology. So while there are many profound problems with the AUKUS proposal, I will be focusing here on the nuclear powered submarines issue and its implications.

Marianne Hanson (ICAN) 

Now, as you all know, under the proposal for office, Australia will acquire a eight nuclear powered attack suffering. Here’s one of the key problems. Today, no country, which doesn’t have nuclear weapons, there are nine states that have nuclear weapons. Apart from those states, no country in the world has been given this technology. So no country in the world has nuclear powered submarines, we are therefore going to break this taboo. And if it does go ahead, this will set a very dangerous precedent. Already, we have other states in the world, saying well if Australia is going to be given this technology and is permitted to go ahead and use what is highly enriched uranium in their submarines now, the highly enriched uranium, which will power the submarines is exactly the same material that is used in nuclear bombs, I turned to uranium which has been enriched to 95, nine to 6%. It can be converted into weapons very, very quickly. And that’s the problem.

Marianne Hanson (ICAN) 

Already Iran has out, as I say, other states, South Korea, even Canada sought to have this kind of exemption. And all the states have been denied. Suddenly, in August, Australia is given this technology or were promised to have this technology. So there are big problems here for our reputation, and presenting a very, very risky precedent in the nuclear Non Proliferation regime more broadly. For Australia, which claims to be part of and uphold a rules based international orders. Unfortunately, this government has been quite happy to break many of these rules. And while we have championed the Non Proliferation Treaty to date, we go ahead with this deal. We are going to be in big trouble with the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Now, Scott Morrison has dismissed this by saying that we’re not going to get nuclear weapons. Well, that’s probably true. But as I say, the danger is that by being given this material and this technology, it has opened the floodgates for other states to acquire highly enriched uranium, which can then be turned into nuclear weapons. And we already have over 13,000 nuclear weapons is still in existence around the world. And many of those nuclear weapons are hundreds of times, hundreds of times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb.

Marianne Hanson (ICAN) 

Now, the nine states that have these weapons have promised to eliminate them, but they are not living up to their promises. And that is why ICAN ??? International Campaign to Abolish nuclear weapons, we managed to get a treaty in the United Nations, our organization won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts. Of course, the government didn’t even bother to phone, any of us and say, congratulations. So I want to reiterate that these are going to be these are going to be attack class, nuclear powered submarines, using highly enriched uranium, they’re going to cost at least $100 billion.

Marianne Hanson (ICAN) 

They’re going to lock us in to war planning with the United States in a way that has been unprecedented. So I think there are grave issues here. We’ve also managed to alienate our near neighbors in Southeast Asia and in the South Pacific, as well as our First Nations people here in Australia. And some have called this a reversion to the Anglosphere instead of dealing with our geography and looking at creative ways of how to live in peace, how to we work with China, and I don’t believe that China represents a military threat to Australia, by the way, I don’t believe that it does. But if we want to bang the drums of war, and we want to acquire nuclear powered submarines, then we are going to lock ourselves into a very dangerous predicament. Thank you.

Peter Catt 

Thank you, Marianne, and on behalf of peace loving people everywhere. Blessed are the peacemakers. Congratulations on winning the Nobel Peace Prize for ICANN. There are various ways



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