Australian news, and some related international items

Misinformation on radiation from paid nuclear spruikers

the creeping misinformation that the nuclear industry has fed into the public sphere over the years. There seems to be a never-ending cabal of paid industry scientific ”consultants” who are more than willing to state the fringe view that low doses of ionising radiation do not cause cancer and, indeed, that low doses are actually good for you and lessen the incidence of cancer……Ionising radiation is a known carcinogen. This is based on almost 100 years of cumulative research

Don’t be fooled by the spin: radiation is bad, The Age, Peter Karamoskos, April 8, 2011 With the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl looming, the pro-nuclear lobby is in overdrive.YOU have to hand it to the nuclear industry and its acolytes. In the middle of the second-worst nuclear power disaster in history at Fukushima, and with still no end in sight, you would think they would respond with contrition, humility and profuse mea culpas. Not on your life. The industry representatives and its acolytes came out swinging in full denial attire. Continue reading

April 8, 2011 Posted by | people | Leave a comment

Australia’s Dr Helen Caldicott on nuclear radiation

Metro – New reactors mean more cancer: Critic Metro – New reactors mean more cancer: Critic Metro Canada – VancouverDr. Helen Caldicott’s message to a panel weighing a proposal for two new nuclear reactors at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station was stark and unequivocal: “No radiation is safe.” The veteran anti-nuclear campaigner launched a scathing attack on  

Nuclear power: A costly gamble Lake Oswego Review See the introduction and chapters 1, 2 and 3 of Helen Caldicott’s well-documented book about all aspects of nuclear power, namely “Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer.” Also see Manufacturers of nuclear power plants and electric 

Anti-nuclear campaigner attacks expansion of Darlington Toronto Star Veteran anti-nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott launches a scathing attack Thursday on nuclear energy and its advocates before a panel, weighing a proposal for two new nuclear reactors at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. 

Dr. Caldicott says Japanese nuclear crisis far from overLaval News – Matin C. Barry – 27 march 11Anti-nuke activist Dr. Helen Caldicott is predicting that the nuclear crisis overwhelming Japan following that 

Thompson, Caldicott address new Darlington plant review panel‎ – Northumberland Today
Anti-nuclear campaigner attacks expansion of Darlington‎ – Toronto Star
Don’t build more reactors in Clarington: anti-nuclear activist‎ –

Nuclear radiation ‘the greatest public health hazard’ 27 March 11 (CNN) — When she was an adolescent, Helen Caldicott says, she read the nuclear apocalypse novel “On the Beach.” The story was set in the aftermath of an 
Helen Caldicott The Sag Harbor Express – Claire Walla -26 march 11 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former East Hampton resident Dr. Helen Caldicott explains why the threat of nuclear radiation might not be as   


Dr. Helen Caldicott Boston Globe – Peter S. Canellos – 22 March 11FOR BOSTONIANS of the late ’70s and early ’80s, a lecture by Dr. Helen Caldicott was a bracing, and often viscerally painful, ..
Nuclear power is always unsafe, says Greenpeace Herald Sun – 13 Mar 2011Anti-nuclear campaigner Helen Caldicott said the release of radioactive caesium 137 and iodine 131 into the atmosphere from the Fukushima plant posed grave 
Caldicott: Japan may spell end of nuclear industry worldwideCenter for Research on Globalization – 16 Mar 2011 Anti-nuclear campaigner DrHelen Caldicott says it could spell the end of the nuclear industry worldwide. David Donovan reports. There appears to be massive  

Press Conference and Public Conference – Helen Caldicott – THE Canada NewsWire (press release) – 17 Mar 2011 MONTREAL, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ – Helen Caldicott, distinguished author, physician and co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will give a press 
Dr. Helen Caldicott Fukushima statement: ‘Destroyer of Worlds’ – Deborah Dupre – 18 Mar 2011On March 16, five days after onset of the Fukushima earthquake-nuclear catastrophe, Dr. Helen Caldicott released the statement below.  

Nuclear power: A costly gamble Lake Oswego Review – Bob Thomas – 26 March 11See the introduction and chapters 1, 2 and 3 of Helen Caldicott’s well-documented book about all aspects of nuclear power, namely “Nuclear Power Is Not The  

MIT, Harvard experts divided on Turkish nuclear plans Hurriyet Daily News –Samuel Doveri – 24 March former Harvard physicist and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicottexpresses serious concerns about leukaemia and nuclear energy This photo shows ..

March 27, 2011 Posted by | people | 1 Comment

Ziggy spins: Japan accident will lead to safe nuclear reactors

EVEN IN EARTHQUAKE ZONES, NUCLEAR POWER IS STILL A SAFE OPTION THE AUSTRALIAN, Ziggy Switkowski, 14 March 11,  “…..If core cooling can be satisfactorily restored, then in the best case local residents could return to their homes in days.

Engineers have taken extraordinary steps to get coolant to the reactor of most concern, flooding the core with seawater…….. the combination of venting and seawater flushing should stabilise the situation in the days ahead….We will learn from the tragic Japanese experience how to build more robust reactors, how to ensure multiple layers of protection work properly, how to better contain radioactive gases.

March 14, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, marketing for nuclear, people | Leave a comment

London court rules on Julian Assange’s extradition to Sweden

JULIAN ASSANGE: Why is it that I am subject – a non-profit, free speech activist – to a $360,000 bail? Why is it that I am kept under electronic house arrest when I have not even been charged in any country?

Wikileaks founder to appeal extradition decision, ABC  25/02/2011 TONY EASTLEY: A London court has ordered that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be sent from the UK to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.His defence lawyers have argued the former computer hacker won’t get a fair trial in a country where they say he’s regarded as “public enemy number one”.Mr Assange has already flagged he’ll appeal against the British ruling. Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties, people | | Leave a comment

The “nominally Australian” chief of the Big Non Australian BHP Billiton

Describing himself as ”only nominally Australian”, the South African-born Mr Kloppers expressed the belief that Rio’s new chairman, Jan du Plessis, also a South African, would be ”more amenable” to a potential deal with BHP

Kloppers ‘offered secrets to the US’, The Age, Philip Dorling, 15 Feb 2011, BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers fears espionage from China, his business competitors and partners, and even the Australian government, but is eager to trade secrets with the United States, according to a secret cable released by WikiLeaks…. Continue reading

February 15, 2011 Posted by | people | Leave a comment

Pro nuclear Tim Flannery is wrong choice for Climate Change communicator

While Tim Flannery is a powerful communicator to spread the message on global warming and climate change, he is far from having the full picture on the nuclear issue.   Unfortunately, the Gillard government has once again chosen a spokesman who will toe the BHP Billiton line on uranium and nuclear power.

Here are some of  Flannery’s simplistic views on the issue: Climate change is so catastrophic and imminent that only nuclear power can save us,”….”If Australia were to switch from coal to nuclear power, we would make only a small reduction (about 1 per cent) in global carbon dioxide pollution. But it would be a noble act, for our carbon dioxide pollution is devastating the entire world.”- (The Age 5/8/  2006)

“Over the next two decades, Australians could use nuclear power to replace all our coal-fired power plants. We would then have a power infrastructure like that of France, and in doing so we would have done something great for the world, for whatever risks go with a domestic nuclear power industry are local, while greenhouse gas pollution is global in its impact…..” (The Age 30/5/06)

February 11, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina reviews, people | Leave a comment

Martin Ferguson forced to eat his words on uranium to India

No to Indian uranium sales, The Age, Katharine Murphy, February 11, 2011 AUSTRALIA will not sell uranium to India until it signs a nuclear non-proliferation treaty and completes a safeguards agreement, Resources Minister Martin Ferguson says. Continue reading

February 11, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people, politics | Leave a comment

Peace medal awarded to Julian Assange

“Assange has championed people’s right to know and has challenged the centuries-old tradition that governments are entitled to keep the public in a state of ignorance.”…….

Julian Assange awarded Sydney peace medal, Sydney Morning Herald, February 2, 2011 In the estimation of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands alongside the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Continue reading

February 9, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties, people | | Leave a comment

Julian Assange nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

“Liu Xiabao was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech in China, Likewise: WikiLeaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture.”

Julian Assange nominated for Peace TECHWATCH, by Tom Coyne, February 3, 2011, Julian Assange, founder of the whistle blowing website, Wikileaks, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize Continue reading

February 4, 2011 Posted by | people, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Martin Ferguson shows his true colours as nuclear salesman

Mr Ferguson said nuclear power was making great strides. “It is a proven clean-energy technology,” he told The Australian yesterday. “In a very short period, it will get cheaper (!)…..

Ferguson steps up push for nuclear energy The Australian,  Christian Kerr February 03, 2011 AUSTRALIA could be contemplating nuclear power in as little as four years, according to Energy Minister Martin Ferguson. Continue reading

February 2, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people, politics | Leave a comment

Catholics must be cringing at Cardinal Pell’s views on climate change

The coolist Cardinal’s hopes were dashed a week later when data came in confirming that 2010 was, indeed, the hottest year on record – even despite the European deep freeze………………….

Climate policies slashed to pay for a natural disaster, Crikey, 29 Jan 2011, “……..Catholic leader Cardinal George Pell, who influences an even greater congregation, wrote a week earlier of his delight at the extraordinary freeze that had hit Europe in late December – an event that just so happened to have killed dozens and ruined the travel plans of millions – because he thought it disproved the theory of man-made global warming.

“Nothing so delicious has happened,” he wrote, since President Obama’s aircraft was snowed in at the global warming summit in Copenhagen in 2009. Continue reading

February 1, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people, religion and ethics | Leave a comment

Crikey’s Graham Readfern refutes climate sceptic Lord Monckton

the core of what sceptics such as Monckton wish to achieve in their ideologically-driven and fossil-fuel backed quest (including Exxon funding). That mission is to spread doubt and it is being aided by our only national newspaper The Australian.

Is The Australian addicted to Monckton’s denial? January 28, 2011 ,  Crikey,  Graham Readfearn His choice of the Gershwin song It Ain’t Necessarily So was unfortunate, if not a little ironic. Continue reading

January 30, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, media, people | | Leave a comment

A realistic answer to Josh Frydenberg’s pro nuclear article

Seriously, let’s get down to brass tacks: would there be a nuclear power station in what is now Australia’s third-biggest city? Where exactly within SEQ would you put it? What would happen if there was a “rain event” like 2011 or 1974? What would happen to a nuclear reactor in a “fire event” like Victoria 2009? Can you promise that a nuclear future won’t feature fire and rain on that scale?

Don’t be shy, Politically homeless, 26 Jan 2011, We at the Politically Homeless Institute warned against inserting Josh Frydenberg into key national debates. Quarantining him at The Australian was a smart move but insufficient. In THE AUSTRALIAN 26/01 /2011)   he’s going on about nuclear power…… Continue reading

January 27, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people, politics | Leave a comment

Australian Richard Butler to lead international nuclear disarmament group

Through the Middle Powers Initiative, eight international non-governmental organizations are able to work primarily with “middle power” governments to encourage and educate the nuclear weapons states to take immediate practical steps that reduce nuclear dangers and commence negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Ambassador Butler to lead nuclear disarmament group, Penn State Live University of Pennsylvania, January 6, 2011 Ambassador Richard Butler, Penn State’s distinguished scholar of international peace and security, and a faculty member of the School of International Affairs, has been named chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), effective Jan. 1. Continue reading

January 7, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people | Leave a comment

Jo Vallentine looks forward to the shutdown of the nuclear industry

“….[the nuclear industry] was a dreadful failed experiment of the 20th century,….WHAT NEXT? Nailing the nuclear industry. Shutting it down. I’m chairwoman of the Anti-Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia….

The boomers at 65, The Age, Julie Szego, January 1, 2011“.….JO VALENTINE, POLITICIAN/NUCLEAR ACTIVIST “……….What got me elected to the Senate in 1984 was the single issue of nuclear disarmament. I was passionate about that then, and I’m still actively working on it. Continue reading

January 1, 2011 Posted by | people, Western Australia | Leave a comment