Australian news, and some related international items

The nuclear news week that was, in Australia

Court proceedings on Muckaty nuclear waste dump adjourned till end of year, or later, – elderly Aboriginal traditional landowners waiting – (till they die?)

Carbon tax system to start on July 1, estimated to help rather than hurt, financial status of lower and middle income earners.  But Tony Abbott revs up his rhetoric against it.

Lynas rare earths – Australian company still hampered in its Malaysian venture, but Malaysian govt has set new “flimsy”  condition sfor the project.  Meanwhile Lynas is pulling out of a similar venture in Africa.

International relations.  As Pacific Island nations pledge to renewable energy future, Australian govt quietly promotes nuclear energy for South East Asia.

Distributed solar energy already having its effect on Australia’s energy utilities. CSIRO report shows that it is not responsible for electricity price rises.

Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador. Australia’s Foreign Minster Bob Carr gives mixed messages on whether Australian govt will help Assange. Carr denies knowledge of USA govt’s wishes to convict Assange of espionage.

Queensland Premier Newman intensifies his attack on renewable energy, particularly solar, breaking election promises.  Queensland to maintain its ban on uranium mining, despite pressure from Tony Abbott.

New South Wales  – govt entices Aborigines to get involved in the uranium business

Victoria. Cathy Oke, Greens candidate for upcoming by election,  campaigns for scrapping of Baillieu govt’s anti-wind power laws. Moves for community owned solar farm in Bacchus Marsh, and wind farm for Macedon Ranges

Western Australia.  Uranium nining development there is far from assured, still  many hurdles.

June 27, 2012 - Posted by | Christina reviews

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