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Australia’s Liberal Coalition would prevent uranium mining at Koongarra

Federal Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt says an Abbott government would not grant permission for uranium mining at Koongarra.

Federal Coalition at odds with CLP over Kakadu – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Jane BardonUpdated ,  Aug 11, 2010 Uranium-rich land offered to Kakadu Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt says an Abbott government would protect Koongarra. (Lateline) The Federal Coalition says it would match Labor’s commitment to prevent uranium mining at Koongarra by taking up a traditional owner’s offer to incorporate it into Kakadu National Park.

But the Coalition’s promise is out of step with the Northern Territory Opposition’s position on the issue.

Country Liberals deputy leader Kezia Purick says a mine on the site could be worth $1.4 billion and the traditional owner should continue negotiating with French mining company AREVA………..

Federal Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt says an Abbott government would not grant permission for uranium mining at Koongarra.

“We would be happy to accept the offer, we think it’s a very generous offer,” Mr Hunt said.

“We think its an appropriate offer.

“Our view has been that Koongarra would not be mined.

“We would not have allowed it to be mined.

“It’s effectively treated as if it were part of the park in almost all respects, but to have it formally incorporated would be a valuable step forward.”

August 12, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium | , , , , ,

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