Australian news, and some related international items

11 April News on corruption, climate and nuclear power

a-cat-CANThis week, I stray even further away from the narrow focus on things nuclear. It’s impossible not to notice the achievements of investigative reporters, collaborating across the globe, to reveal widespread corruption in the oil industry, and in the finance industry.  In both cases, hundreds of journalists worked for a year in bringing these facts together.  I’m glad I’ve been watching the BBC series John le Carre’s “The Night Manager” – helped me to understand how corruption works, including legalised corruption. But I digress  even worse.

There’s another massive global corruption going on, and this is the corruption of science. Our grandchildren and great grandchildren will have cause to blame us, as governments, industries, media, join in complacency, or even downright denial, of the reality of anthropogenic climate change. A major source of information on climate change is at – where you will learn that that there really is no time to lose: climate change may be happening faster than we all thought.

Equally important, but “under the radar”, is corruption in the nuclear industry. That hasn’t been investigated yet, but are we to believe that the nuclear industry is squeaky clean?  At least two aspects of science corruption are lies promoted by the industry – the lie that nuclear power will save the climate, and the lie that low dose ionising radiation is harmless, even good for you.  I suspect that there is more to come.


In the global oil corruption scandal, Australia is right up there in the thick of it.  In the Panama financial corruption , we’re well represented there, too!  Mining corporation BHP Billiton gets special mention. But – be comforted – BHP Billiton is not an Australian company – it is about 70% London owned, despite its boast to be The Big Australian.

IN BRIEF. Australia will sign the Paris climate agreement (not sure we’ll actually DO ANYTHING about it). Queensland Premier approved Andani coal project. Aboriginal people vigourously oppose this. But heck!. Does it really matter? Adani well knows that the Carmichael coal mine expansion is not economically viable anyway.

THE WORST news about Australia is in the switch of purpose for  the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Drastically cutting the climate research staff, CSIRO will no longer be devoted to research for the public good, but to research for money-making projects.  Minister Christopher Pyne has the power to intervene in this, but he won’t.

That speaks volumes about the lack of moral purpose of the Australian government.

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South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission virtually ignored dangers of transporting radioactive trash

As the days get a bit closer to #NuclearCommissionSAust’s announcement of its (predetermined) findings, we need to remember that the Commission’s “Issues Papers” almost completely ignored the question of the dangers of transporting highly radioactive trash across land and sea.

Paul Langley, in his fine response to the Commission’s “Tentative Findings”  raised this very important matter – in the extract below

Response to the Tentative Findings of the SA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission A Submission by Paul Langley Nuclear Exhaust 16 Mar 16  “……Transport of HLNW from around the world to a SA HLNW geologic repository
radiation-truckThe Royal Commission apparently assumes that the movements of many hundreds of thousands of tonnes of spent nuclear fuel from many countries around the world to the Gawler Craton will be low risk, no problems and perfectly safe. As contradictory as those stances are. I do not accept that position of default safety. Further I do not accept that the unloading of the HLNW will be perfectly safe. I do not accept that road transport from port to repository site will be perfectly safe, even on a dedicated purpose built road.

ship radiationI would recommend that Super Freighters laden with the contents of countless reactor cores not sail down the Somali coast nor in the waters to the south of Thailand for fear of pirates. They should avoid man made Islands in the South China Sea. I suppose the ships will be guarded by 6 English policemen each with two revolvers between them. Rather than half the Pacific Fleet they would actually warrant. If they ever get to leave their home ports.  What is the Somali coast going to be like in 40 years? Peaceful or short of rad weapons?…….”

April 9, 2016 Posted by | significant submissions to 6 May | Leave a comment