Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Yes, why isn’t Rudd at the Nuclear Summit?

Not much Australian media coverage of the Nuclear Summit either.  Not a word on ABC Television  last night.

Could it be that Rudd’s corporate backers, like BHP Billiton, are not very keen on Obama’s plan to get old nuclear weapons turned into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors?   Perhaps Rudd would rather not be seen to be joining in undermining the uranium mining industry?

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Obama, Rudd, speak on nuclear security

Australia’s PM won’t be at world nuclear summit Radio Australia,April 9, 2010 Presenter: Linda Mottram
Speakers: Barack Obama, U-S President; Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Prime Minister; Rory Medcalf, director, International Security Program, Lowy Institute for International Policy

Radio Australia:Connect Asia:Story:Australia’s PM won’t be at world nuclear summit

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Why is Australia so quiet about the Nuclear Summit?

It would appear to be irresponsible for Australia not to be represented at leadership level when the full security implications of the nuclear fuel cycle are being debated

Australia’s PM won’t be at world nuclear summit Radio Australia,April 9, 2010 “……… Still, some say it’s crucial that Mr Rudd goes to Washinton next week. Continue reading

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Rudd conspicuously absent at Nuclear Summit

‘As a major uranium supplier, Australia has got a particular interest in the security of nuclear materials.”……..
Faulkner dismisses any suggestion Rudd’s absence means Australia is not taking the issue seriously

Bombs away, The Age, by Daniel Flitton, April 13, 2010……there is also the remote prospect that terrorists might improvise a nuclear device themselves, either a crude atomic weapon or a ”dirty bomb”, spreading radioactive material with conventional explosives. Continue reading

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Megatons to Megawatts will turn old nuclear weapons into fuel for commercial nuclear power!

turns highly enriched uranium into lightly enriched uranium.

Nuclear twist sees Russian warheads warming US homes Herald Sun   AFP , April 13, 2010, IN A strange twist of Cold War enmity on the melt, uranium from what once were Russian nuclear warheads is used to heat and light American homes, thanks to the Megatons to Megawatts Program – a successful example of nuclear non-proliferation. Continue reading

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Aboriginal clans at Senate Inquiry oppose nuclear waste dump

Although the Ngapa people nominated the land for the dump, they were just one of the traditional owners, and other clans oppose the development

“It merely continues the Howard government’s process that forces a waste dump on the Northern Territory and traditional owners who don’t want it.”

Sidelined’ indigenous leaders to front nuclear inquiry , Tradingroom.com.au April 12 2010, Traditional owners who oppose a nuclear waste dump in central Australia will tell a Senate committee hearing in Darwin their wishes have been overlooked. Continue reading

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Kazakhstan first to join plan to close nuclear weapons

[Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev]  was the first foreign leader to renounce the possession and use of nuclear weapons.

Why Kazakhstan Is Front and Center at the Global Nuclear Security Summit THE HUFFINGTON POST, Al Eisele, 11 April 2010, Al Eisele: Why Kazakhstan Is Front and Center at the Global Nuclear Security Summit Continue reading

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Olympic Dam uranium mine still only at 25% capacity output

Delays continue at BHP’s Olympic Dam, The Independent Weekly, KEVIN NAUGHTON 10 Apr, 2010 Work on the full recommissioning of Olympic Dam’s main shaft has been delayed again,….The shaft, which carries 75 per cent of the mine’s output, has been out of action since an accident on October 6, 2009…… Continue reading

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Chile sent weapons grade uranium, to become nuclear fuel for USA

The Associated Press documented the transfer, agreeing to keep the details secret until the material arrived safely in the United States.

The mission will be the first of many if Obama is to keep his promise.

Chile gives its last weapons-grade uranium to US By MICHAEL WARREN and MEG KINNARD (AP) – Google News Hostimg 12 April The Associated Press: Chile gives its last weapons-grade uranium to US.….. Continue reading

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