Bill's Speeches

SPEECH - STATEMENT ON INDULGENCE: NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST - CANBERRA - MONDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2017

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I'd like to say to all Australians who may be watching or listening to these proceedings in parliament, that whatever disagreements might colour the next hour or so, on this question the Parliament is of one mind.

Keeping our people safe is the first priority and responsibility of all who serve in the Parliament. The security of our nation and our region and the world unites our parliament - that is precisely as it should be.

Labor unreservedly condemns North Korea's deliberate, dangerous and provocative nuclear testing.

This is a regime that force-feeds its people on propaganda whilst they starve in poverty.

It's a dictatorship that calls itself democratic whilst its people suffer in slave labour.

It is a regime with no respect for the security of our region, or the future of global peace.

This latest nuclear test is a calculated demonstration of contempt. Contempt for the international community as a whole, and for China and its nearest neighbours in particular. The Chinese Government has explicitly called for these nuclear and ballistic missile programs not to proceed.

Every nation must now do what we can to turn North Korea back from the incredibly dangerous path upon which it has embarked.

As Secretary Mattis has said, if this goes to a military solution, it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale.

Therefore, Mr Speaker, every nation must present North Korea with an unequivocal message: halt your nuclear program, de-escalate your aggression, turn back from this path to conflict upon which you have embarked.


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