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Uranium mining a dead-end road for Queensland

The Queensland Government's decision to pursue uranium mining breaks a promise by Premier Newman and will yield "all risks and no rewards", the Australian Greens warned today as a report on establishing the industry in the state was released.

Australian Greens nuclear policy spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said "uranium mining makes no economic sense and no environmental sense for Queensland".

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Greens welcome Toro delay

Scott Ludlam 18 Dec 2012

The Australian Greens have welcomed Environment Minister Tony Burke's decision to delay assessment of Toro's Wiluna uranium project in Western Australia.

“Toro have been telling nervous investors that Commonwealth approvals were a done deal in 2012,” Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

“Minister Burke has done the right thing in calling the company out on its deficient proposal. 

“If the company continues to obfuscate its waste and water management plans, the decision next year should be a resounding 'no'.

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‘Labor-Liberal coalition’ refuses to study dangers of uranium transport

Scott Ludlam 29 Nov 2012

Labor and the Coalition stood united today in their strenuous effort to completely ignore the dangers posed by uranium mining and transport.

Australian Greens nuclear policy spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the major parties "defied logic and decency" by refusing to support an inquiry into the uranium industry moved by the Greens in the Senate today.

"With no fewer than three states pushing for uranium mining we need an inquiry into the existing laws governing the industry; yet the major parties studiously keep their heads in the sand.

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Safeguards on uranium sales to Emirates entirely unsafe

Scott Ludlam 1 Aug 2012

Greens nuclear policy spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Federal Government should declare whether there are any countries to which it will not sell uranium after it sealed a deal with the United Arab Emirates today.

"Apart from North Korea, is there any country this government has ruled out as a uranium customer? India refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but Labor wants to sell uranium to India. Iran seems an obvious one, but the government cut a uranium deal with Russia - and Russia, among other things, is assisting Iran's nuclear program."

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WA uranium laws not up to it - Government review

Scott Ludlam 14 May 2012

The Western Australian government's review of uranium mining regulation in WA has vindicated calls for a public inquiry into the industry.

The Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said an independent report commissioned by the Department of Mines and Petroleum revealed serious flaws in the WA's uranium mining regulations.

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Greens welcome the closure of Japan’s last reactor

Scott Ludlam 7 May 2012

Japan has closed down the Tomari nuclear plant in Hokkaido, the final reactor to close in response to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.

"The people of Japan have stopped believing the lies told to them for decades about nuclear power being clean, cheap and safe," said Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy.

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Doctors take Toro Energy to school on the dangers of radiation

Scott Ludlam 1 May 2012

The Australian Greens welcomed today's call from the Medical Association for Prevention of War for uranium miners Toro Energy to stop promoting the view that low-level radiation is beneficial to human health.

The Greens nuclear policy spokesperson, WA Senator Scott Ludlam, said Toro's plans to mine uranium at Wiluna, Western Australia, should be abandoned.

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On the 26th anniversary of Chernobyl, Greens call on whistleblowers to break the silence

Scott Ludlam 26 Apr 2012

The Australian Greens will mark the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe by calling on whistleblowers to lift the lid on Australia's own nuclear industry.

Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam said the impact of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986 continued to be felt to this day. Senator Ludlam today released a research paper on the situation at Chernobyl today and its ongoing costs:

http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/chernobyl

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Question on Notice on uranium exports

Scott Ludlam 5 Apr 2012

(Question No. 1566)
Senator Ludlam asked the minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 27 February 2012:
(1) Has the department provided advice to the Minister, the Ministers office or the New South Wales Government or its agencies regarding uranium deposits or the development of the uranium sector in that state; if so:
(a) to whom and when was the advice provided; and
(b) can this advice be supplied.
(2) What is the current status of Australia's involvement in the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) initiative.

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Greens back David in fight against radioactive Goliath

Scott Ludlam 3 Apr 2012

The Australian Greens have congratulated Aboriginal elder of the Arabunna Nation Kevin Buzzacott today as Mr Buzzacott began his legal challenge to the Olympic Dam expansion in South Australia.

Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam said the Greens stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Mr Buzzacott in his challenge to the Federal Environment Minister's approval of the massive expansion.

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