Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and Canberra unite against nuclear industry
Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 28 November 2012.
Demonstrations will be held in Perth, Adelaide, and Darwin today to mark the Annual General Meeting of the company pursuing Western Australia’s first uranium mine. In the Senate, the Australian Greens will move a motion calling on Environment Minister Tony Burke to stop the clock on the project.
Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Toro Energy’s Wiluna proposal united people across the country in opposition.
“This dangerous plan ignores the question of water supply for half the life of the mine, has virtually no provision for rehabilitation after the mine closes, and will expose a range of species to the risk of extinction.
“This plan also involves mining within a lake bed that floods periodically. The Western Australian Government has set a dangerously low standard for uranium mining.
“Australian uranium was in the four reactors of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan when the disaster began – and tens of thousands of people remain evacuated from their homes and their land 21 months on. It is time we got out of this industry.
“With the world uranium price plummeting by 65 per cent since its peak in 2007, this project makes no economic sense. The WA Government is placing our environment at huge risk for precious little prospective reward.”
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