Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Nuclear weapons abolition milestone is reached as ban treaty enters into force — IPPNW peace and health blog

The multinational Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force today, meaning that its prohibitions against developing, testing, producing, acquiring, possessing, stockpiling, and using or threatening to use nuclear weapons have now become part of the body of international law. A coalition of the world’s largest health federations welcomed the TPNW’s entry into force with a joint statement hailing the Treaty as “an essential step towards preventing the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and a big win for planetary health.”

Nuclear weapons abolition milestone is reached as ban treaty enters into force — IPPNW peace and health blog

January 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Morrison government gets in early to disparage nuclear ban treaty, but Labor supports it

New nuclear treaty will be ‘ineffective’: DFAT, SMH,  Anthony Galloway, January 21, 2021, Australia says a new United Nations nuclear treaty signed by more than 80 countries will be ineffective in eliminating nuclear weapons from the world.The Morrison government has not signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which comes into effect on Friday.

The treaty, signed by 86 countries, bans signatories from testing, developing, producing, stockpiling or threatening to use nuclear weapons.

The Australian government decided not to sign the treaty on the basis that it failed to recognise the realities of the current international security environment.

Government sources confirmed there was concern about how the treaty would affect Australia’s dealings with the United States, including intelligence sharing through the Pine Gap satellite surveillance base near Alice Springs, because it banned signatories from doing anything to assist a nuclear weapon state in its nuclear plans.

New Zealand, which is part of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing agreement with the US, Australia, Canada and Britain, has signed the treaty…….

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said Labor welcomed the treaty.

“After taking into account the need to ensure an effective verification and enforcement architecture, the interaction of the treaty with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and achieve universal support, a Labor government would sign and ratify the treaty,” she said.

“Australia can and should lead international efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons. A Labor government would work with our allies and partners to this end and would always act consistently with the US alliance.”

Helen Durham, director for international law and policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross, said all countries should sign the treaty as it was the “most explicit and clearest expression that the horrific weapons need to be banned”.

“It deals not only with their use but also with their threat of use, with their stockpiling, with their production, with their development and their testing,” she said.

“This treaty is a great opportunity to move a very stagnated, to date, agenda forward and we would encourage every state to take up this opportunity.”

Dave Sweeney, co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said the treaty was a “sign of hope for our planet”.

“The changed status of nuclear weapons means Australia faces a clear choice,” he said. “We either choose to be a responsible and lawful member of the global community or we remain silent and complicit in plans to fight illegal wars https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-nuclear-treaty-will-be-ineffective-dfat-20210121-p56vst.html

January 21, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Kimba’s cosy nuclear corruption

(from left – Mayor Dean Johnson, Maree Barford, Bruce McClear )
Maree Barford is the current Kimba Community Liaison Officer for the dump since 2017. She along with her husband Shaun bought the lease for the Kimba Gateway Hotel in 2014. They had lived previously in Rockhampton Queensland before moving to Kimba, and Maree’s father taught Keith Pitt at school!
Small world!
Anyway – they are receiving $75 000 from the last Community Benefit Fund! ….under “Audio and visual refit of the main function room of the Kimba Gateway Hotel, to modernise and expand conferencing and event capacity for community groups and business.”
They applied for it under “Muffolphin Pty Ltd (as trustee for Barford Family Trust)”
How the F%$# does that work??
Mayor Dean Johnson IS also a personal recipient of money from the last Community Benefits Program! To the tune of $141 000 dollars in fact!! To put a new bakery in the Kimba IGA supermarket which he is owner of!

Kimba’s Maree Barford new nuclear community liaison officer, Eyre Peninsula Tribune, Kathrine Catanzariti.  AUGUST 24 2017 

A Kimba local has been given the job of liaising between the community and government on all things nuclear.

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce general manager Bruce McCleary announced on Thursday Maree Barford had been employed as community liaison officer – the first job created as a result of the community consulation on a potential National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba.

The announcement was made at the opening of a new project office in Kimba.

Mrs Barford moved to Kimba in December 2014 with her husband Shaun after they bought the lease for the Kimba Gateway Hotel.

She said she applied for the job because it would be great opportunity.

Her role will be to liaise between the community and the government.

“I’ll be engaging with the community and then letting the government know what is happening in the community and their views,” Mrs Barford said.

She will start her role on Monday, working full-time from the project office.

“I think I can be the voice for the community, being the link between the town and the government.” ……

Barford would provide a permanent, local presence to help keep the community informed and involved in all activities, alongside the project team and other experts who would continue to visit Kimba……..

January 21, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

Australian government complicit in nuclear weapons, silent on Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

January 21, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, weapons and war | Leave a comment

The 70-year nuclear gloom begins to lift on January 22

January 21, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Biden can’t ignore that continuing crisis -the danger of nuclear annihilation

January 21, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Australian company Silex with Canadian company Cameco buys out GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC (GLE)

January 21, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, business | Leave a comment

Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison — RenewEconomy

One of Biden’s first acts as president was to see the US re-join the Paris Agreement, causing pressure on Morrison to do more on climate to ramp up another few notches. The post Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison — RenewEconomy

January 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Home battery uptake sets record highs in Victoria — RenewEconomy

New data shows Victoria closed out 2020 with records for solar battery rebate uptake and installation, as fortnightly allocations of discounted home batteries get “snapped up.” The post Home battery uptake sets record highs in Victoria appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Home battery uptake sets record highs in Victoria — RenewEconomy

January 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shaded, not stewed: Solar study examines how PV could protect fruit orchards — RenewEconomy

Victoria government study to examine how solar panels could be used to protect fruit orchards and other food crops from extreme heat events. The post Shaded, not stewed: Solar study examines how PV could protect fruit orchards appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Shaded, not stewed: Solar study examines how PV could protect fruit orchards — RenewEconomy

January 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

State governments key to unlocking rooftop solar for renters, says thinktank — RenewEconomy

New study finds coordinated state government policies could be key to breaking down the barriers to installing solar for renters. The post State governments key to unlocking rooftop solar for renters, says thinktank appeared first on RenewEconomy.

State governments key to unlocking rooftop solar for renters, says thinktank — RenewEconomy

January 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

January 20 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “SpaceX Will Repurpose Oil Rigs To Build Starship Spaceport At Sea” • SpaceX is planning to use Gulf oil rigs off South Texas to build a Starship Spaceport. This seems extremely symbolic. SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is going to take something old, which has caused a lot of environmental problems, and use […]

January 20 Energy News — geoharvey

January 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Principles of simple technologies — The Earthbound Report

I recently reviewed Philippe Bihouix’s book The Age of Low Tech, which makes the case for reducing our dependence on technological solutions to climate change. Instead, he argues that we should prioritise low tech solutions. A chapter of the book outlines the kind of thing he means, describing ‘the principles of simple technologies’. This reminded […]

Principles of simple technologies — The Earthbound Report

January 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

China delivers a surprise 2020 renewable boom, but it may not last — RenewEconomy

New data suggest a mind-boggling installation rate for wind power in China in 2020, but must be maintained for many more years to cut coal. The post China delivers a surprise 2020 renewable boom, but it may not last appeared first on RenewEconomy.

China delivers a surprise 2020 renewable boom, but it may not last — RenewEconomy

January 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment