Published by NITV

By Rachael Hocking – 10 FEB 2021


The daughter of anti-nuclear activist Yami Lester says we are one step closer to world peace as an international treaty banning the deadly weapons takes effect, but Australia is yet to sign on to it.

Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman Karina Lester was among those who welcomed the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which entered into force on January 22, but said more work needs to be done to ensure Australia signs on.

Ms Lester’s father was the late Yami Lester, a staunch anti-nuclear activist blinded during British weapons testing in Maralinga in South Australia in the 1950s – and someone she says was a “big inspiration” for an international Treaty.

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