Melbourne (Agencies): Australian Federal Resource Minister Martin Ferguson has urged his Labor government to review its policy and lift the ban on trade of uranium to India as it deserves special consideration.

The party's present uranium sales policy needed some flexibility or some discretion should be built' when it comes to India, said Ferguson.

"No one can suggest India is a rogue state. I think this is something the Labor Party has to think about: there should be some flexibility or discretion built into the national policy that enables Australia to handle the delicate situation of India while at the same time forcing full accountability in the use of uranium in civilian power plants," the Australian Minister was quoted in the country’s media.

Last month, Ferguson met External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and reiterated his party's view on not selling the yellow metal to India.

"Any future uranium sales to India would be accompanied by a bilateral safeguards agreement such as the one Australia negotiated with China in 2007, and Australia would want inspections on the ground," he stated.

Ferguson's emphatic support for uranium sales to India is deeply contentious in some quarters of the ALP, but his position is also supported in principle by senior members of the Gillard ministry on both sides of the factional divide, the media report said.

Ferguson endorsed the AWU position on Tuesday but was cool on the idea of a domestic debate this year about nuclear energy, saying the issue was "not top of the mind at the moment".

The US has a safeguards accord allowing uranium and nuclear technology to be exported to the subcontinent provided India allows some of its power plants to be opened to international inspectors.