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Australian taxpayers fund uranium lobbying council

Greens Senator keeps asking awkward nuclear questions in Parliament  Christina Macpherson, 7 June 2010. For just one example – this one, about the Uranium Council, funded by the Australian Government.

Senator LUDLAM—The council has been characterised by the uranium industry as a leading advocacy group. Can you explain to me why a group dedicated to increasing the exploitation of uranium should be funded by the Commonwealth? Why does this particular sector deserve Commonwealth support to do its advocacy for it?…

There are two of the largest resource companies in the world exploiting uranium in Australia, and a host of others, but the Commonwealth still thinks it is worth $3 million of taxpayers’ money to do its advocacy for it….

Do other commodities get their own taxpayer funded advocacy groups or is uranium a special case?

June 7, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium | , , , , , ,

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