Australian news, and some related international items

1.This month

For international news, go to nuclear-news 

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This Week:  Special about the Royal Commission.

Note that 3 AUGUST 2015 Closing date for consolidated submissions on ALL Issues Papers.

Points for issues papers:

Inaccurate information in Issues Paper 1 Exploration, Extraction and Milling

Points for Submission Issues Paper 2 Further Processing and Manufacture

( NEW) Answer Points for Issues Paper 3  Electricity Generation

Points for Submission to Issues Paper 4 Management, Storage and Disposal of Waste

Dr Caldicott’s Submission on all 4 Issues Papers 

Dennis Matthew’s critiques of Issues Papers

  1. First Nuclear Royal Commission Issues paper 1  indicates an expensive farce
  2. Dennis Matthews exposes South Australia Royal Commission “Issues Paper 2″ spin
  3. Crystal ball-gazing in South Australia’s Nuclear Commission ISSUES PAPER No. 3
  4. South Australia Nuclear Royal Commission Issues Paper 4 – misleading and serious omissions


Do not be fooled by the pro nuclear hype from Kevin Scarce.  Here’s an example. Check these two news stories:

  • Canada’s $6b nuclear industry a role model for Aust says royal commissioner “…..According to the royal commissioner investigating a possible nuclear industry for South Australia, Kevin Scarce, an Australian nuclear industry can be “future-proofed” against the potentially massive changes coming to the energy sector…….He says Canada is the best role model for Australia
  • Canada now dominates World Bank corruption list, thanks to Nuclear Company SNC-Lavalin.  (They are keen to sell their CANDU nuclear technology to Australia)


The Royal Commission went to Port Hope:

I bet they didn’t investigate “Blind Faith” – book reveals the toxic nuclear legacy in Port HopeBok-Blind-Faith

They toured the CAMECO Fuel Fabrication and Conversion facilities, got advice from Cameco about uranium mining.

Bet they didn’t discuss Cameco embroiled in tax scandal and indigenous opposition, nor its gloomy economic performance



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Keep up to date at  – NUCLEAR ROYAL COMMISSION  updated regularly as relevant news comes in.opments  –go here.

BE AWARE of developments in South Australia’s NUCLEAR FUEL CHAIN ROYAL COMMISSION. Go to their website – Click on “Keep me informed” and subscribe to their emails.



more detail  on  these at Action Australia and  Event details « Antinuclear


August – to August 7  Brisbane – “10 Minutes to Midnight” photomedia exhibition
August 5 – Melbourne –  EXHIBITION OPENING “Behind the Atom Curtain”
August 6 – Melbourne  – Film Hiroshima: 70 Years Facebook event
                                                   VIGIL and PROCESSION
                                                    “HIROSHIMA” SCREENING and NORIKO TADANO
                                                    Choral Eucharist with Prayers for Peace in the World
                                                     Peace in Australia, the untold story
August 6 – Perth  -Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 70 years on
August 6 – Sydney –  Hiroshima Anniversary Candlelight Procession and Public Meeting
 August 6- Hobart  – Hiroshima Day Vigil
August 6,7,8,9  – Perth  – Fading Lights Exhibition  
August 6 – Canberra  – Protecting Country – stop forced closures of Aboriginal Homelands – Movie night 
 August 15-31 –  Fremantle – WANFA Art exhibition
August 16 Walkatjurra Walkabout: Wiluna to Leonora, Western Australia


  1. Imagine a planet where our families were very moderate in size – we wouldn’t be using as much energy in total and could leave some energy for the next generation.

    Comment by L Hunter | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you, L. Hunter.
    I totally agree with you – the goal would be moderation in human numbers, as well as moderation in the way we live, and consume the Earth’s resources.
    I read recently of someone’s suggestion that “the best tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the condom”

    Comment by Christina MacPherson | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’d have to admit that my views have been influenced by the information put out by the ‘independent’ radio and television broadcasters and by the institutes you have mentioned.
    I feel that I have made a conscious effort to become better educated on the issue of nuclear power but if our public broadcasters and institutes are not providing unbiased information on the issue then where else do I go?
    I personally think the case for nuclear power is strong but I am now wary that I may not have been presented with all the relevant information.

    Comment by MattSmith | January 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Australia’s public broadcasters are not doing such a bad job, by world standards. Of course they find trivia, sensationalism, and overly sentimental topics are more popular than serious matters. And of course, they find it easier to just use the media releases that pour out from industry and government.

      Still, one can find very fair and informative stuff in Australia’s mainstream media – (eg. The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail), just that it’s likely to be on about page 7 of the newspaper, or on TV or radio at an unfriendly time (e.g ABC’s Lateline). Also, journalists aren’t always resourced (or inclined) to spend time at the “coal-face” or rather, the “uranium-face” – some topics just not covered.

      All coupled with Australians, (including journalists’) extraordinary reverence for the opinions of “hard” scientists, (nuclear physicists, like Ziggy Switkowski,) compared to their scepticism about “soft” scientists, ( ecologists, environmental scientists like Mark Diesendorf, or Prof Ian Lowe)

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  4. A message we get from the media is that Nuclear power is the only way to provide full-scale baseload power.

    Rarely do Nuclear power proponents mention REDUCING or ELIMINATING the gargantuan full-scale waste of power.


    millions of burning electric lights on bright sunny days, eccentric eclectic electric doors opening for any people/objects passing by and often not coming in, almost countless numbers of devices chewing up electricity in standby power-buy mode, dinosaur toasters and dinosaur ovens run on days that a solar oven could do the job, shop “background” subliminal propaganda programming music and video feeds, hair dryers when extreme water wasteful cotton for towels is unused or discarded in frantic frenzy, “boom box” speaker earthshakers human-attempted earthquakers, electric air conditioning to cool those already overflowing with excessive cold-weather-survival calories, grid iron heaters instead of exercise + no-restrictive-nicotine + no-depressive-alcohol + comfortable clothes in winter.

    The True Cost on my electric bill at home is ONE KILOWATT $0.25 per day, but outside of home, and due to waste society, is probably an order of magnitude (10 times) greater at a minimum.


    “To Waste is a Crime.”

    Comment by NoNukes Australia | March 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. I have a query regarding using some material on your website, and getting permission from you to do so. Could you please contact me by email, and I will send you the details?

    Comment by Debbie Gallagher | July 23, 2012 | Reply

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