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Greens bring anti-nuclear muscle to Canberra

the Greens’ strong election result – and its Senate balance-of-power role from next July – had strengthened its push to ban uranium mining and stop a nuclear power industry emerging in Australia.

Greens fight Labor on uranium  Andrew Burrell and Sid Maher  The Australian  September 14, 2010 THE Greens have threatened to use their historic alliance with Labor to stop billions of dollars of planned uranium projects from securing government approval…

Greens nuclear spokesman Scott Ludlam told The Australian his party would use its new-found leverage to attempt to stop all new uranium mines, including those planned in the next few years by BHP Billiton and Canadian giant Cameco.

And Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie said he would also not back any moves for new uranium mines in Australia and he would look “very critically” at expansions to existing mines…….Resources Minister Martin Ferguson yesterday signalled the government would stand firm against the Greens on the issue……

referring to the Greens’ right under its alliance with the Gillard government to raise any issues directly with ministers, Senator Ludlam said he would also be seeking to phase out Australia’s three existing uranium mines as soon as possible and put a halt to exports.

“We don’t believe another kilogram of this material should come out of the ground,” he said. “It is one of the most volatile and destructive trades that there is.”

Senator Ludlam said the Greens’ strong election result – and its Senate balance-of-power role from next July – had strengthened its push to ban uranium mining and stop a nuclear power industry emerging in Australia. “If the uranium industry is feeling nervous about the fact that 1.7 million Australians voted for that explicit position, then they should feel nervous,” he said……

Mr Ferguson said he could “absolutely” give certainty to the uranium industry despite the Greens’ position and Labor remained committed to its expansion. New uranium mines did not require additional legislation to be able to proceed…

Greens fight Labor on uranium | The Australian

September 14, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium | , , , , , , , ,

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