Australian news, and some related international items

The week that has been in Australian nuclear news

Federal. Julia Gillard is off to India, to seal the deal on selling uranium there, even though they won’t sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. No doubt the government, especially Martin Ferguson, want this shameful deal  to be done quietly – unhappy Labor Ministers to shut up about it. Australian Uranium Association’s Michael Angwin urges pressure on Ministers Stephen Conroy,  Peter Garrett and  Anthony Albanese to come into line on this issue.  Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has urged the Prime Minister to raise the issue of human rights in India, as India is now repressing antinuclear protestors – 10,000 of them have been charged withsedition and waging war against the nation.

Lynas rare earths company faces more uncertainty, as the Malaysian court delays hearing on appeal against its reprocessing plan.

Rural and regional Australians adopting solar energy at  a fast rate.

The world’s most notorious and secretive company, Glencore ia about to get a controlling share in Australian mining company Xstrata

The Green Party of the United States has joined Green Parties of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in a “Joint Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement” that strongly criticizes the proposed international trade pact.

South Australian Premier Weatherill mouths platitudes about not pandering to BHP Bulletin, possibly not extending their Indenture Agreement.  At the same time, South Australian government is busy helping miners to beast any Aboriginal objections to new mines  – Mine project appeals set to be scrapped MINING companies are being promised speedy Aboriginal heritage approvals’ – says THE AUSTRALIAN  -(subscription only, and I don’t subscribe).

Renewable energy cutting energy prices for South Australians. Australian Youth Climate Coalition leads a long march to lobby for repowering Port Augusta with solar thermal .

New South Wales. That pesky Sydney mayor, Clover Moore, and the City Council have a plan for making Sydney energy efficient, and produce energy locally with solar, wind and trigeneration technology.  While the State government salivates at the thought of selling uranium to India, its in danger of getting a renewable energy capital city.

As an aside. Pro nuke propaganda is all over the place. ABC’s TV program Catalyst will next week ask us “Are we ready for New Generation nuclear reactors”.  Nuclear isotopes are being used to develop better crops. Crystal Palace: In Sydney you can see The Great Exhibition Of The Works Of Industry Of All Nuclear Nations, at Artereal Gallery,.


October 5, 2012 - Posted by | Christina reviews

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