Holding about 50 percent of the world's uranium deposits, Australia stands to cash in billions from uranium exports. And so in just the past few days, the Howard Government committed to a controversial decision to sell uranium to nuclear-capable India. Naturally the Labor opposition party is worried that this could prove problematic with India's neighbour, Pakistan.
However, the deal with India looks set to be upstaged by a potentially bigger sale. Also under consideration is a deal for Australia to sell uranium direct to Russia. And who should be firing off warnings down our way but none other than anti-Putin campaigner, Gary Kasparov.
Kasparov has reportedly told Australia's Bulletin magazine: "Should Australian uranium end up in the wrong hands… Australia will not be able to act innocent or to claim ignorance". This is being reported here, by ninemsn, and here by the Bulletin.