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Martin Ferguson, Australia’s Minister for Uranium Mining, confronted by clown protestors

Clowns tell big-wigs  to stop messing around.  1057 ABC Darwin, By Clare Rawlinson.6 October, 2011 A group of ‘Kakadu clowns’ have surrounded the Darwin Convention Centre this morning as the NT Mining and South East Asia offshore conference begins. The clowns – protestors from the NT Environment Centre – aim to highlight environmental risks associated with uranium mining in the Kakadu national park.

Minister for Resources Martin Ferguson and delegates from mining big players Inpex and Connoco Phillips avoided the protestors as they arrived this morning, walking directly into the convention centre as the clowns enacted the destruction of the national park caused by mining.

“We’re here to send a message about Kakadu and uranium mining,” organiser Cat Beaton said. ”Kakadu is Australia’s largest National Park – it’s very precious to everybody…Uranium poses a lot of risks.

“We want to send a message to resourse Minister Martin Fergus that we really need to rethink this industry and surely in the NT we can do better. This is an industry that poses risks to workers, to transport, and, you know, on a good day it will end up as radioactive waste and on a bad day it can end up in nuclear weapons.”…

October 7, 2011 - Posted by | General News

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