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Nobel peace prize winners urge Australia to sign treaty banning nuclear weapons via The Guardian

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons says global nonproliferation regime has failed and weapons pose ‘an existential threat’ to humanity

The winner of the 2017 Nobel peace prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, has written an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull urging the Australian government to sign the nascent global treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons.

Ican, founded in Melbourne in 2007, was last month named as the 2017 Nobel peace laureate for its “groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition” of all nuclear weapons.

Labor member Anthony Albanese tabled the letter in parliament on Monday.

Australia has consistently refused to support or sign the ban treaty – supported by 122 countries – arguing that it relies on the protection of the United States nuclear umbrella and the nuclear nonproliferation treaty.

But the letter to Turnbull, co-signed by more than 90 community, religious and human rights groups, argues the global nonproliferation regime has failed.

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