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No place for nuclear enthusiasts in South Australia’s Liberal Party

Edwards,-Sean-trashValdis Dūnis ,  Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 24 Feb 17 

No room for nuclear spruikers in the Liberal party anymore, as two such people are fully out of the party now:

‘Former Senator Sean Edwards will not seek state preselection, citing policy differences with Steven Marshall’s partyroom. Edwards, a pro-nuclear advocate who had toyed with the prospect of entering parliament in either Frome or Heysen, today confirmed: “I will not be seeking preselection for the 2018 state election. My long-held position in obtaining cheap baseload energy with zero carbon emissions – desperately required for SA – is likely to put me at odds with the parliamentary team’s newly-stated views on gas exploration and nuclear, and providing a contest of ideas in this space,” he told InDaily.’

February 24, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science avoids hard questions on nuclear waste

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, February 18 , 17 

The sad reality of the push for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to promote a nuclear environment in South Australia, comes with NO regard for the future of a community and its residents.

We all know this is a inherently dangerous industry that nobody will insure, but they claim it is safe as long as it is not in their backyard.

buyer-beware-1However the radiation sales people are busy trying to sell their snake oil, with their program to have meetings and sway what the believe to be ignorant people. We do hear everything they tell us but not everyone of us has the questions to the answers that they don’t want to supply.

Is it just me or do others notice they are quick to shutdown a meeting or redirect issues that need to be addressed. I would rather have questions that can NOT be answered, that answers that can NOT be questioned, and remember they have a duty to convince us, not us to convince them, this may be a tough fight when your adversary manufactures their factoids which should be shown how they are achieved so to please people and show transparency. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

February 22, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Australia and USA governments under control of vested interests regarding climate change

fossil-fuels-germanyIn Australia and the US, sound climate policy is being held hostage by vested interests

We must shift away from a culture of politically motivated climate change denialism to an acceptance of the truly existential threat now facing humanity, Guardian,  and , 7 Feb 17           It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the world’s climate and environment. The inauguration of billionaire property developer and reality TV star Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has presaged a new Dark Age of climate politics.

In an opening fortnight of controversial executive orders, President Trump has decreed the expansion of major fossil fuel developments including the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, and the neutering of long-standing environmental protections. In addition, he and his leadership team have made it plain they intend to dismantle many of the Obama administration’s climate initiatives and withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. All this runs in direct counterpoint to the rapid decarbonisation required to avoid dangerous climate change.

For Australian fossil fuel interests, President Trump’s war on climate appears particularly opportune. Just last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his senior ministers floated the idea of government backing for new coal-fired power stations as part of the government’s response to Australia’s “energy security” and expressed reticence over the country’s Renewable Energy Target.

For a country that has nurtured world-leading innovations in solar photovoltaic and other renewable energy technologies and that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change – be it in the form of record heat, devastating floods, more widespread drought, coastal inundation from sea level rise combined with stronger tropical storms, or the demise of the Great Barrier Reef – doubling down on the traditional fossil fuel energy path is particularly short-sighted. Continue reading

February 8, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Un message pour our French nuclear propaganda visitors

 Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SAJe voudrais simplement faire savoir à la délégation française que nous sommes ici dans les Flinders Ranges ne voulons pas de déchets toxiques DUMP, si la France est heureuse de déverser un tel pays avec des déchets de plutonium toxiques à leur choix, ici dans le Flinders que nous choisissons De dire NON, ne venez pas ici avec deciet dans votre coeur et nous dire des mensonges, nous ne voulons pas la décharge de déchets nucléaires !!!!

February 6, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Chief Scientist Finkel says ‘clean coal’ has to stack up



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February 3, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Two Kimba landowners offer their properties for nuclear wastes

TWO fresh sites nominated at Kimba for nuclear waste facility  2 Feb 2017 TWO Kimba landowners have nominated their properties to be the site for the federal government’s National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. 

The site nominations come after the Working for Kimba’s Future Group invited representatives from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to Kimba earlier this year, to assess and revisit the potential for a nuclear waste facility in this district.

Kimba was previously considered as a potential site for a national facility but following community consultation last year, the government chose another site at Barndioota, in the state’s far north, for further investigations.

Federal Minister for Resources, Senator Matt Canavan said no decision had been made as to whether the nominations would be accepted.

The government has always said it remains open to receiving new land nominations, and that each would be assessed on the individual merits of the site,” Mr Canavan said.

“I have asked my department to begin reviewing the new nominations, and advise as to whether either should be progressed further and shortlisted.”

Under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012, a landowner may nominate land to host this facility until a final site is decided upon by the Australian government.

The government has said both new sites will be subject to a comprehensive analysis, including scoring them on measures such as technical suitability, community wellbeing, health, safety and the environment.

“If that is the case, and I progress a nomination, public consultation of no less than 60 days would begin to determine if broad community support exists to take this nomination to a further, second phase of detailed technical review and consultation,” Mr Canavan said.

The second-phase assessment of a nominated site at Barndioota is continuing and includes an Independent Heritage Assessment, site-specific technical studies and detailed public consultation.

Details of the site selection process are available at, and details of nomination guidelines and multi-criteria analysis can be found at

February 3, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Labor leader Shorten – Renewables will create real jobs

green-collarRenewables will create “real jobs”, says Shorten, REneweconomy  By  on 31 January 2017  Federal Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has taken a swipe at his opposite number in his National Press Club address, noting that a “proper renewable energy policy” would create “real jobs” for Australians.

“There are real jobs, not just jobs for the scientists, but jobs for blue collar workers, jobs for engineers, jobs for designers,” Shorten said in his speech on Tuesday, one day before the Prime Minister is to take the same stage. Shorten, whose NPC address focused on the issue of jobs, has faced heavy criticism from the Turnbull government and the Conservative press for his party’s proposed target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, in contrast with the Coalition’s dialled down target of 23 per cent by 2020.

In its editorial on Tuesday, The Australian Financial Review neatly summed up this point of view by describing Labor’s 50 per cent RET as a “policy joke that will lumber Australians with high power prices and a lack of baseload electricity.”

This argument, however, has been skewered by many independent analysts who warn that a failure to act on climate change and to decarbonise the economy will incur a much greater cost, both economic and environmental.

Shorten, in his speech, made a similar point. “There is a bigger bill to pay if we don’t act on climate change,” he said. “We will hold our ground on climate change. He [Turnbull] is about protecting his job.”……..

February 1, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Companies must meet RET obligations: regulator

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February 1, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Snowy Hydro turns to solar

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February 1, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

South Australia’s Essential Services Commission (ESCoSA) has NOT made electricity provatisarion work

Dennis Matthews , 30 Jan 17 Correspondents to The Advertiser make some useful points about electricity supply (The Advertiser, 30/1/17).

On the issue of the state government being responsible for providing reliable power. A role of privatisation, and outsourcing in general, is to distance governments from such responsibilities. Since electricity privatisation the state government has taken a back seat, being content to blame private providers and the opposition.

However, if the companies that the government put in charge of providing electricity don’t do their job then the government has the responsibility to find someone who can.

It is also important to understand the role of the Essential Services Commission (ESCoSA).

ESCoSA is the successor to the Olsen government’s SAIIR (SA Independent Industry Regulator), whose role was to make privatisation work, which it clearly hasn’t.


January 30, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Why does South Australian Premier Weatherill keep trying to resurrect the dead nuclear waste import scheme?

Might Asian manufacturers find South Australia an appealing site for their knowledge-intensive, high-paying design and research and development functions, as Blandy suggests? Already, the state has an impressive cluster of high-tech industries, with the associated workforce, technical services and university back-up.

The trouble is that this “cluster” is associated with South Australia’s status as “Australia’s defence hub”. Entry to the cluster is granted delightedly to US and European weapons’ corporations. Chinese firms, however, are kept out.

More fundamentally, inducements for Asian manufacturers to hive off their high-tech functions to countries like Australia have essentially evaporated.

Weatherill,-Jay-wastesBehind South Australia’s nuclear waste dump scheme: the dilemmas of provincial capitalism, Green Left,  RENFREY CLARKEAdelaide, January 13, 2017

To most South Australians, Labor Premier Jay Weatherill’s plan for a vast outback dump to host imported high-level nuclear waste is dead, needing only a decent send-off.

Nevertheless, the Premier keeps trying to resurrect the scheme. Why? Continue reading

January 28, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Become aware of the dangers of a radioactive environment and of radioactive food.

text What radiationPaul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA 26 Jan 17 With Becquerel Awareness Day (Bad Day) approaching there is a call for people to reach out to their local politician, bring to their attention the dangers of a radioactive environment and food.

We maybe blessed here in Australia with clean and green food but there is contamination coming here from places like Japan, food too radioactive for the Japanese to eat, is sold to 14 different countries, Australia is one of them. Everyone that has a passion and a understanding of how important this issue is to this generation and future generations, PLEASE reach out and have a say to your local politician. I say it’s unacceptable to put contaminated food on the table for my children and grandchildren. I may have the strength to fight this alone but not the power to win, so I asking for a army to reach out to your local MP’s.

January 26, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Malcolm Turnbull’s doublespeak on climate change

Turnbull climate 2 facedAustralia’s conservative government fiddles on climate policy while the country burns, Guardian, Lenore Taylor, 20 Jan 17  When Malcolm Turnbull deposed Tony Abbott as prime minister, serious action on global warming was hoped for – but almost nothing has changed. 

Australia’s January news has been full of official reports of record-breaking extreme weather devastating our ecosystems on land and in the sea and government ministers suggesting we build new coal-fired power stationsprovide billion-dollar subsidised loans to rail lines for new coal mega-mines,increase coal exports to reduce temperature rises and reduce our ambitions for renewable power.

The disconnect is glaring but perhaps dimmed in the eyes of some readers because Australian politicians have been dissembling on climate change for decades, pretending it will be possible to do what we must without any impact on our position as the world’s largest coal exporter or our domestic reliance on brown coal-fired power, or without incurring any costs.

The Coalition government – which boasts as one of its proudest achievements the repeal of the former government’s emissions trading scheme – has a particular need for doublespeak.

Having run two election campaigns on the pledge of “axing the tax” with hyperbolic assertions that it would strangle the economy and impoverish households, it found it convenient to claim the discovery of the climate policy equivalent of a free lunch.

The Coalition has never resolved the bitter internal divisions with conservative climate doubters that saw Malcolm Turnbull overthrown as leader in 2009 owing to his support for carbon pricing, to be replaced by Tony Abbott, who had declared the settled science of climate change to be “crap” and believed coal was “good for humanity”.

In September 2015 Turnbull overthrew Abbott but, since then, climate change has barely rated a mention and the new prime minister has surprised many by apparently falling into line with the mineral industry’s argument that our coal exports are really doing the world a big favour.

Trump’s victory has emboldened the doubters – the resources minister, Matt Canavan, for example, enthused that “Donald Trump is good for fossil fuels, good for steel and good for Australia”.

But it has also coincided with more conflicting responses from the government.

Less than a day after the US election, the Turnbull government ratified the Paris agreement – the same agreement the new US president has vowed to “tear up” and that calls for zero net emissions by the second half of the century – describing it was a “watershed … that has galvanised global action”.

But then it promptly abandoned a domestic policy idea that represented its last credible chance of meeting its promised targets or galvanising any real action here.

With the world recording its third year in a row of record temperatures and the Great Barrier Reef bleaching, any objective assessment would suggest the time for prevarication and obfuscation is long since past.

We’ll soon see. On 1 February, in his first major speech for the year, Turnbull will stand before the National Press Club to explain his policy on energy and the greenhouse gases it produces.

Experts from business, industry and the environment movement are wondering what he can possibly say.

For years the former environment minister had privately reassured stakeholdersthat a 2017 review would quietly morph the Direct Action policy into a so-called emissions intensity trading scheme and business and environment groups alike were clinging to those promises as the last hope for a credible climate policy and an end to the investment drought caused by years of mindless “climate wars” and policy uncertainty.

But late last year, despite advice that such a scheme would lead to lower household power prices, despite having bipartisan support and just hours after the current environment minister said the review would look at it, the government ruled it out…….

January 23, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

10 things you should know about January 26!topic/wgar-news/MPkDWCB3Rvg

Luke Pearson, Sophie Verass | NITV 20 January 2017: 

‘Much more has happened on this date beyond Arthur Phillip claiming Aboriginal land under the British Empire.  As January 26 encroaches, we reflect some of the important historical moments.’

1. You should know that… The First Fleet didn’t actually land in Australia on the 26th of January …

2. You should know that… The first sanctioned marriage between an Aboriginal person and a convict, Robert & Maria Lock, occurred on the 26th January 1824 …

3. You should know… What Henry Parkes said about the 1888 Centenary celebrations …

4. You should know that… A significant Aboriginal protest in 1938 rallied against Australia Day and was called the ‘Day of Mourning’ …

5. You should know that… In 1938, the 150th Anniversary, Aboriginal people were forced to participate in a reenactment of the landing of the First Fleet …

6. You should know that… The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was established on the 26th January 1972 …

7. You should know that… On 26 January 1988, more than 40,000 people staged the largest march in Sydney since the early 1970s Vietnam Moratorium demonstrations …

8. You should know about… Archie Roach’s 1988 protest song, ‘Keep your handouts, give us back our land” …

9. You should know that… Australia Day was not consistently celebrated on the 26th of January as a public holiday in all states and territories until 1994 …

10. You should that… The triple j Hottest 100 wasn’t always on the 26th of January …

“And here’s bonus bit of info – You should know that…
It wasn’t until 2013 that the Aboriginal flag and the Australian flag were raised together on Sydney Harbour Bridge for Australia Day … “

January 23, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

In uranium market glut, Western Australia govt still approves Yeelirrie mine, against environmental and Aboriginal interests

handsoffNew uranium mine approved on Aboriginal land
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 by: Diet Simon (Account: Nuclear WorrierFriday, 20 January 2017:

“The Western Australian government has approved plans for a uranium mine at Yeelirrie on Aboriginal land 630 kilometres north-east of the state capital, Perth.
Aborigines have fought the plans as best they could, backed by non-indigenous and foreign activists.
Environmentalists warn the mine would wipe out species unique to the region.
Yeelirrie sits on one of the world’s most significant uranium deposits.

Approval of the mine, to be operated by Canadian mining giant Cameco, came despite a ruling by the government’s own Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that a mine on the site posed a significant risk of extinction to species not known to exist anywhere else. …

Anti-nuclear activist Mia Pepper writes that the government argued jobs and economics for its decision.
“Now we know that the project would employ a little over 200 fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers, but we also know that the uranium market is flooded and there is no economic justification for this mine to go ahead. … “

January 21, 2017 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment