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Nuclear waste proposal risks repeating mistakes of the past

Scott Ludlam 13 May 2015

The Australian Greens have raised serious concerns about the lack of notice or consultation with native title claimants or the Mid-West community around an application for a nuclear waste dump to be hosted in the region.

The application has been made by Gindalbie Metals, for an area lying within Badja Station in the Shire of Yalgoo.

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Labor MPs dump on party membership in nuclear vote

Penny Wright 12 Feb 2015

Labor Senators have today voted against their own party platform on nuclear policy, voting down a motion by Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright opposing nuclear development in SA.

The motion quoted directly from the Labor Party's National Platform which says nuclear power presents "unique and unprecedented hazards and risks" and is at odds with Premier Jay Weatherill's recent announcement.

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Opposing nuclear power in SA

Penny Wright 12 Feb 2015

1)      opposes the establishment of nuclear power plants in Australia, based on the best available expert advice;

2)      recognises that the production of uranium and its use in the nuclear fuel cycle presents unique and unprecedented hazards and risks, including:

i.                     threats to human health and the local environment in the mining and milling of uranium;

ii.                   the generation of products that are usable as the raw materials for nuclear weapons manufacture; and

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Uranium deal confirms diplomatic amnesia is now official Government policy

Scott Ludlam 6 Sep 2014

Australian Greens nuclear spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam says the Abbott government has bizarrely linked its India uranium deal to the uranium trade with the Russian Federation, which it abruptly suspended this week in light of tensions in the Ukraine.

"Australia will now be directly complicit in a nuclear arms race in South Asia, with India moving to lock in foreign uranium supplies for power generation so it can preserve its domestic uranium for weapons production," said Senator Ludlam.

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Indian nuclear deal a dangerous dud

Scott Ludlam 4 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is dealing the entire world a bad hand by sending Australian uranium to India.

"Uranium is not like copper and iron ore. It is a strategic mineral and a trade that Australia should be getting out of," said Greens nuclear spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"It's extraordinary that Tony Abbott is signing a nuclear deal with India in the same week Australia has suspended future uranium exports to Russia due to security concerns.

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Russia uranium ban should stay: Greens

Scott Ludlam 3 Sep 2014

Confirmation that the Australian Government has suspended potential uranium sales to the Russian Federation has been welcomed by the Greens, after questions placed by Adam Bandt MP in the House and Senator Scott Ludlam in the Senate.

"The Australian Greens have argued that uranium sales to the Russian Federation should never have been contemplated in the first place," Senator Ludlam said.

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Newman Government’s uranium push threatens economy, health, environment and ultimately the Great Barrier Reef

The Newman Government’s new framework for uranium mining makes no economic or environmental sense and threatens the health of Queenslanders.

“The uranium price has been in free fall since 2007 and governments around the world are shutting down nuclear power stations,” Australian Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said.

"As well as making no economic sense, uranium mining is bad for the health of mine workers, as well as residents near mines and on uranium transport routes.

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Speech: Nuclear Disarmament

Lee Rhiannon 14 Jul 2014

In the 1980s the call for nuclear disarmament resonated around the planet. In Australia Palm Sunday rallies attracted hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people and prominent people added their voice to the public discourse that recognised that ridding the world of nuclear weapons was a key priority. Three decades on, the issue of nuclear disarmament is not the priority it was, but the threat remains just as real.

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