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25 years on: lessons of Chernobyl still ignored by supporters of nuclear power

PERTH RALLY: 2:30 - 4:30pm WST Tuesday April 26, 2011 - Forest Place Perth

On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Australian Greens have renewed demands for a phase-out of uranium mining and nuclear power.

Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Chernobyl catastrophe was classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale - the same classification given to the Fukushima nuclear disaster now unfolding in Japan.

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Government must reject Minister’s uranium obsession

The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to reject the push by resources minister Martin Ferguson to sell uranium to India.

Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the notion that nuclear fuel should be sold to a nuclear weapons state that refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was "extreme".

"The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is the cornerstone of international disarmament negotiations. India has refused to sign it, and for this reason Australia has refused to sell uranium to that country," he said.

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IPPNW call for uranium ban worldwide


SENATOR LUDLAM asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 17 November 2010:

With reference to the resolution passed at the September 2010 Congress of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Basel, Switzerland, calling for an end to uranium mining on human rights and public health grounds stating:

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Appointment of Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Question No. 329

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 6 December 2010:
With reference to the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office:
(1) Has the timing for Mr Carlson's departure been determined.
(2) Can an update be provided on Mr Carlson's replacement and the recruitment process for this position.

Senator Conroy - the following answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Honourable Senator's question:

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Minister must publicly reveal true position on uranium sales to India

The Australian Greens have called on resources Minister Martin Ferguson to make a statement to Parliament on his policy on uranium sales to India, and whether it differs from that of the Australian Government.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government had recently reaffirmed it would not sell uranium to a country that was not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but leaked documents suggested that Minister Ferguson had different plans.

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Greens urge Labor to maintain principled stand on selling uranium to India

The Greens have applauded the decision of the Federal Government to reject the Indian government's call for an end to Australia's ban on selling uranium to India.

Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said there should be "absolutely no contemplation" of Australia selling uranium to countries that have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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British Nuclear Tests in South Australia

Senate Standing Committee on Economics - ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Supplementary Budget Senate Estimates
Resources, Energy and Tourism Portfolio - 20 October 2010

Topic: British Nuclear Tests in South Australia

Senator Ludlam asked:

1. The Totem tests occurred at Emu Fields on 15 and 27 October 1953. Is it the case that ordinance, planes, clothing and earthmoving equipment, and other debris from the tests were sent back to Woomera for decontamination and disposal?

2. Where is the disposal site?

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