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Labor branch support

Support for nuclear disarmament has deep roots in the Australian Labor Party. The legacy of Labor peace activists like Tom Uren endures, from Labor’s role in ratifying the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1973, to implementing the Canberra Commission in 1995, through to the leadership of one of the Treaty’s strongest supporters, Anthony Albanese.

Labor first committed to signing and ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at its National Conference in 2018, reaffirming that commitment in 2021. It’s not only the leadership and federal parliamentarians that back the ban, many state, territory and local Labor branches have considered the issue and passed motions declaring their support and calling for Australia to join the treaty without delay.

LOCAL BRANCHES

The following local branches have passed motions supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calling upon the Australian Government to sign and ratify it without delay. More recent motions call for Labor to do so within the first term of government. Please see below for a model branch motion and contact lachlan@icanw.org if you are interested in learning more, or inviting an ICAN speaker to address your branch.

 

Berala                                      November 9, 2021

Hornsby                                   December 14, 2021

Clovelly                                   February 1, 2022

Kelvin Grove/Newmarket         March 21, 2022

Ku-Ring-Gai                            November 23, 2021

Lane Cove                               March 24, 2022

Bondi                                       April 11, 2022

Bronte/Waverley                      November 15, 2021

Leichhardt                                November 3, 2021

Coogee West/Randwick            November 15, 2021

Glebe                                       November 29, 2021

Mosman                                   March 25, 2022

North Sydney                           November 17, 2021

Oatley/Peakhurst                      February 7, 2022

Double Bay/Bellevue Hill         October 20, 2021

Enmore/Camdenville                October 18, 2021

Redfern/East Redfern               November 30, 2021

Stanmore/Camperdown             December 5, 2021

Trevor Davies                          November 22, 2021

Westmead                                December 1, 2021

Hindmarsh            November 10, 2021

Randwick North        February 21, 2022

Macleay Valley        February 13, 2022

Balmain            April 6, 2022

 

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN LABOR

MOTION FOR ALP STATE CONVENTION FROM BLACK SUB BRANCH

Following the commitment by Federal Labor to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons when in government, ALP SA urges Federal Labor to begin discussions now on resolving issues relating to Australia joining the Treaty and to consult closely with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), with a view to Australia signing the Treaty as soon as possible.

ALP SA believes that Labor should be active in seeking nuclear disarmament worldwide and should unconditionally rule out Australia acquiring nuclear weapons or basing nuclear weapons on Australian territory.

Passed unanimously by SA Labor on 12 October 2019, moved by Amanda Rishworth MP

TASMANIAN LABOR

Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Tasmanian Labor congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), first established in Australia, for their work on the development of a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and for being the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Tasmanian Labor shares with ICAN deep concerns about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from any use of nuclear weapons, and we recognise the urgent need to rid the world of these abhorrent and immoral weapons.

We believe Australia joining the nuclear ban treaty is an essential step on the path towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

This State Conference therefore:

  • Calls on Federal Labor to make a firm commitment to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons when Labor next forms government.
  • Calls on all delegates to the 2018 ALP National Conference to affirm this commitment in our National Platform.

 Passed September 2018,

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN LABOR

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Moved: Josh Wilson MP

Seconded: Steve McCartney, AMWU

WA Labor:

  • Notes the unacceptable risk posed by more than 13,000 nuclear weapons held between 9 countries. This risk is increased by policies that lower the threshold for use and massive spending on nuclear weapons, even during a global pandemic.
  • Notes the devastating humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.
  • Welcomes the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 January 2021, making nuclear weapons illegal under international law.
  • Commends the federal Australian Labor Party’s platform and policy position to sign and ratify the treaty in government, made in December 2018 and reaffirmed in March 2021.
  • Urges the Australian Government to commit Australia to attending the first meeting of states parties in Vienna in 2022.
  • Calls upon the current Australian Government to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons without delay.
  • Urges federal Labor to commit to consider, sign and ratify the Treaty in the first term of an elected Federal Labor Government.

 

Sunday 25th August 2019

WA Labor welcomes the resolution passed unanimously by the 2018 National Labor Conference committing Labor in government to sign and ratify the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calls on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the Treaty as an urgent humanitarian imperative.

Carried.

NORTHERN TERRITORY LABOR

October 2019

Motion:  Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Branch:  Alice Springs

Preamble:  Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created.  A commitment to sign and ratify the nuclear ban treaty would be true leadership and Labor at its best.

Motion: 

  1. That this conference asks the next Labor National Conference to reaffirm its commitment to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons immediately upon taking up government.
  2. That this conference requests that the current Australian Government signs the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as a matter of urgency.

Moved: Judy Buckley                                 

Seconded:  Bob Durnan

VICTORIAN LABOR

November 2019

Key extract:

Victoria and the Australian Labor Party Victorian Branch have a proud nuclear-free history. The passage of the Nuclear Activities (Prohibitions) Act 1983 by the Cain Labor Government sets out important safeguards against our state‟s involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was founded in Melbourne, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. This legacy must be preserved.

That State Conference resolves that:

  • nuclear power has no place in our energy mix;
  • it does not support the establishment of any nuclear power plants in Victoria or Australia; and
  • the provisions of the Nuclear Activities (Prohibitions) Act 1983 (Vic) should be preserved; and
  • Federal Labor begin discussion on resolving issues relating to Australia joining the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 Andrew Giles moved the motion and Delegate Ryan Batchelor seconded.

 CARRIED with a majority.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY LABOR

19 AUGUST 2019

Resolution on the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons:

Conference congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), first established in Australia, for their work on the development of a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and for being the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Conference shares with ICAN deep concerns about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from any use of nuclear weapons, and we recognise the urgent need to rid the world of these abhorrent and immoral weapons. We consider the abolition of nuclear weapons to be a global public good of the highest order. 

Australia joining the nuclear ban treaty is an essential step on the path towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

Conference urges Federal Labor to make a firm commitment to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons when Labor next forms government. 

 

Moved by Alex White. Carried.

 

Model motion:

A Labor Government for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

This branch:

  • Notes the unacceptable risk posed by more than 13,000 nuclear weapons held between nine countries;
  • Notes the devastating humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and is proud of Labor’s long-standing efforts to pursue nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation;
  • Welcomes the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 January 2021, making nuclear weapons illegal under international law;
  • Commends National Conference for committing Federal Labor to sign and ratify the treaty in government, first in December 2018 and again in March 2021;
  • Urges the Federal Labor Government to sign and ratify the Treaty in this first term of government.

This branch requests that the Secretary forward this motion to our SEC and FEC, and calls on each body to pass it at their next meeting.

This branch requests that the Secretary inform the Prime Minster Anthony Albanese, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong of the passage of this motion. They can be reached here: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au; Senator.wong@aph.gov.au.

Read the branch briefing and related materials here.

Any questions can be directed to Lachlan Good at lachlan@icanw.org.