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

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Title The Fraser Government's “Uranium Decision” and the Foundations of Australian Non-Proliferation Policy: A Reappraisal
Author Clarke, Michael Edmund
Journal Name Australian Journal of Politics and History
Year Published 2012
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
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.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01633.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Volume 58
Issue Number 2
Page from 221
Page to 235
ISSN 0004-9522
Date Accessioned 2012-06-08; 2012-08-19T23:41:13Z
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/46413
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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