Australian news, and some related international items

In uranium-producing Australia, beware of governments bearing gifts

Could it be that the Australian and South Australian governments are getting just a little bit rattled, about their slavish devotion to the uranium/nuclear industry?

Goodness knows, the mainstream media are doing everything they can to help them. Nary a word about the scandalous betrayal of Labor policies and promises on nuclear waste dumping in the Northern territory.

Nary a word about the crumbling uranium price, the stalled Olympic Dam mining. and very little on BHP Billiton’s alleged involvement in corruption.

Meanwhile the South Australian government seems to be aiming at enhancing its green credentials, with environmental grants.  Or could it be that they would like the organisations receiving those grants to just shut up about the environmental degradation caused by uranium mining?

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, energy, uranium | , , , , | Leave a comment

Big uranium promoter South Australian govt seeks environmental credibility

South Australian government announces Community Sustainability Grants. Premier, the Hon Mike Rann said, “The Government of South Australia is pleased to be partnering with Conservation SA to help communities become more resilient so that they can readily respond to climate change.

“Climate change is a real issue that affects everyone, and programs like this  will give South Australians the opportunity to be part of the local solution.”

Community groups and non-government organisations are invited to apply for small (up to $3,000) or medium (up to $10,000) grants

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How environmental groups are co-opted by grants from corporations, and governments

Environmental groups used to be funded largely by their members and wealthy individual supporters

The Wrong Kind of Green, By Johann Hari,  The Nation, March 2010 “…as we confront the biggest ecological crisis in human history, many of the green organizations meant to be leading the fight are busy shoveling up hard cash from the world’s worst polluters–and burying science-based environmentalism in return. Sometimes the corruption is subtle Continue reading

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Rudd govt’s nuclear waste dump bill more draconian than Howard’s

NT: Nuclear waste facility to be dumped on locals, Socialist Party (Australia) , 23 April 2010, Contradicting the ALP’s claims of consent, the April 2008  NT Labor Party conference unanimously passed a resolution calling on the federal government to exclude Muckaty because the nomination “was not made with the full and informed consent of all traditional owners and affected people and as such does not comply with the Aboriginal Land Rights Act.” Several federal ministers and members of government have also acknowledged the opposition and distress of locals.

This gives lie to Ferguson’s claim that he is restoring ‘fairness’ to the issue of radioactive waste management, Continue reading

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Earth Day – we need local, national, and global action

This Earth Day: Recommit to Think Globally and Act Locally, THE HUFFINGTON POST, David Gordon, 22 April 2010, “…… We need to make some tough choices. We need to transform our electricity systems by multiplying energy efficiency measures and to invest only in renewable energy, not in more fossil fuels. Continue reading

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Australian Nuclear Free Alliance call for health checks near uranium mine

Call for health monitoring near uranium mine, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Sally Bothroyd  Apr 22, 2010 A member of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance says there should be a program to monitor the health of people who live near the Ranger uranium mine. Continue reading

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Political and NGO movement to stop uranium mining in Indian national park

Former Lok Sabha threatens agitation against uranium mining Shillong, April 22 Former Lok Sabha speaker Purno A. Sangma Thursday threatened to launch an agitation against the central government’s proposal to conduct exploratory drilling for uranium inside the Balpakram National Parkin the South Garo hills of Meghalaya. Continue reading

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Australia about to ratify uranium sales to Russi

Australia’s Smith Says Pact to Allow Uranium Exports to Russia , BusinessWeek, By Marion Rae April 23 (Bloomberg) — Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Australia and Russia will ratify a nuclear agreement that will allow Australian uranium to be exported to Russia for “civil, peaceful purposes.”Smith made the comments today in an e-mailed transcript of a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Russia. Australia’s Smith Says Pact to Allow Uranium Exports to Russia – BusinessWeek

April 23, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, uranium | , , , | Leave a comment

Did Russia’s lack of nuclear security enable smuggling of enriched uranium?

Saakashvili accuses Russia of supplying enriched uranium to Caucasus, News.Az 23 April 2010, President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili accused Russia “of creating unstableness”.According to RBK, in the opinion of the Georgian leader, the unstableness enables the smugglers to deliver the highly enriched uranium to the Caucasus………..The Georgian leader underlined that Russia should be responsible for maintaining control of the nuclear weapon distribution in these territories so long as “it has occupied them”. In his opinion, the incidents with the highly enriched uranium threaten Georgia’s safety. News.Az – Saakashvili accuses Russia of supplying enriched uranium to Caucasus

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