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Greens reject Gillard’s dangerous nuclear about-face

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today the prospect of selling uranium to India will horrify many Australians.

"Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott agree on selling uranium to nuclear-armed India although the Australian people have had no say," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

"It's all about helping multi-billion-dollar mining corporations make more money, as Martin Ferguson would wish, at the expense of regional security. The government has removed the super profits tax from uranium."

"It will make Australia less secure. Enriched uranium, through this process, will end up in the nuclear stockpiles of India, including its growing fleet of nuclear-armed and powered warships."

"This is a giant step towards another nuclear backflip by both major parties: hosting a global nuclear waste dump in Australia in the years to come," Senator Brown said.

"Remember the words of President Obama two years ago:

Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century ... So today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons ... We, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. We have to insist, "Yes, we can." - Barack Obama, Prague, 5 April 2009



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