Australian news, and some related international items

This month

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see-this.wayWatch and/or record TV programFallout” on SBS Saturday 23 August 1 – 2.35 p.m.

of the week

MARCH AUSTRALIA  Australians united for a better government

Nuclear Free by 2045 ?

podcastSmNuclear power, post Fukushima Listen now   Download audio  This week at the ANU in Canberra there’s an international workshop on the costs and benefits of nuclear power in East Asia. From the workshop , Dr Tim Rousseau , M V Ramana and Suzuki Tatsujiro discuss the relationship between nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons, the health implications of exposure to radiation and the continuing impact of the closure of the Fukushima reactor in Japan.







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

August 29 – Melbourne – Dinner – guest speaker Mr Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan

August 31

  FIND YOUR MARCH  - Sunday August 31for  a better government

Here are just  a few of the 46 towns and cities where people will be marching in protest at the policies of the Abbott government

September 9 – Adelaide  – Renewable Energy Forum



exclamation-Australia’s Lucas Heights Nuclear Reactor – a Terrorist Target 

Terrorists have Australia’s Lucas Heights nuclear research reactor in their sights.

Lucas  Height compound was in the focus of Islamic terror cells in Australia three times since 2000.

” * In a joint common surveillance operation of Australia and New Zealandauthorities after an illegal immigration gang, mainly from Pakistan, the police found, in late 1999, in the house of one of the suspects a sketch of the nuclear Lucas  Height reactor near Sydney and of other facilities related to the Sydney Olympic Games scheduled to 08/2000.

* Lucas  Height was a subject to another Islamic terror cell which operated in Sydney and Melbourne under the leadership of the Muslim cleric Abdul Nasser Benbrika in the years 2004-5. 17 members of the cell were arrested in Sydney and Melbourne on 11/08/2005. Although theAUSTRALIAN Terror Network was much more organized with serious intention to carry out terror attacks in Australia, including suicide attacks, there was no proof that other then visiting Lucas  Height area they also intended to attack the location.

On 01/05/2007 the police arrested Taha Abdul Rahman in a Sydney suburb. He was suspected that he stored 5 rocket launchers, out of 7 stolen from the Australian military in 2006, in order to use them against “potentially catastrophic attack”, with reports suggesting the SydneyHarbor Bridge and Lucas  Height nuclear reactor were targeted The two other missing rocket launchers were given to another man.” from

More detail on this at



  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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