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The ANMF is urging members to throw their support behind a petition demanding that Prime Minister Scott Morrison sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

Coordinated by International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Australia, the move comes as war and conflict between Russia and Ukraine and their associated allies continue to escalate.

According to ICAN’s petition, Australia’s policy of “nuclear deterrence” makes the nation complicit in the possible nuclear weapons deployment. The petition is therefore urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne to sign the UN’s Treaty so that it could fully commit to the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

“Assisting with the threat and potential use of nuclear weapons is a line we should not cross,” ICAN states.

“The TPNW provides a desperately-needed pathway for all states to contribute to the end of nuclear weapons.”

More information on the petition can be found here, while a “Frequently Asked Questions” document produced by ICAN explaining the risk of nuclear weapons usage by nations such as Russian and the US during the Russia-Ukraine conflict can be found here.