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Unions question Labor over AUKUS nuclear submarines

Canberra Times, By Tess Ikonomou, March 28 2023 

Australia’s union movement has criticised plans to acquire nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS partnership, declaring support for a “nuclear-free defence policy”.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese earlier this month revealed the $368 billion pathway Australia will take to get the boats under a security pact with the US and UK.

ACTU president Michele O’Neil said unions were seeking more detail from the government so they could discuss what this meant for workers in worried communities.

“The ACTU has a long-standing policy of opposition to nuclear power, nuclear waste and proliferation,” she told the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday.

“We also have a long-standing policy position that supports a nuclear-free defence policy.”

Under the nuclear submarine program, US and UK boats will start rotating through Western Australia from as early as 2027.

Ms O’Neil said there had not been the chance to talk through the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines due to a lack of information.

“There are safety issues for us,” she said……………………………..


March 28, 2023 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, employment

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