Labor’s Dam approval a blunder of Olympic proportions
Media Release: Senator Scott Ludlam, Wednesday October 12th, 2011
Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, challenged the Government in the Senate today on a series of obvious flaws in the approval for the Olympic Dam uranium mine expansion.
Instead of answers, the Senate was treated to several minutes of vague and insulting verbal anaesthetic from the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment.
“Because it is proposed to sell uranium infused bulk concentrates to China, a nuclear weapons state, a safeguards treaty with China will need to be negotiated,” said Senator Ludlam. “This precedent sale of uranium in concentrates is not sanctioned by any of Australia’s bilateral uranium sales agreements. A new treaty has not been drafted with China, nor put to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) or to the Australian Parliament. Asked to explain this, the Minister was stuck without an answer.”
“The Australian Greens will make sure that the JSCOT inquiry takes the time to conduct a full inquiry into the nuclear weapons proliferation consequences of this massive expansion.”
“This is a decision that will be regretted– not just in the long term as generation after generation grapples with the toxic consequences of the expansion, but soon – in the lifetime of the very Government that let it happen.”
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