Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Secret history of Maralinga nuclear bomb tests

text-from-the-archivesThe half-life of plutonium is 24,000 years. At this rate of decay, the Maralinga secret-agent-Austlands would be contaminated for the next half-million years.…..A variety of factors underlay the harm to public health, Aboriginal culture and the natural environment which the British tests entailed. Perhaps most significant was the secrecy surrounding the testing program….There seems little doubt that the secrecy in which the entire testing program was cloaked served British rather than Australian interests…..Information passed to Australian officials was kept to the minimum necessary to facilitate their assistance in the conduct of the testing program. The use of plutonium in the minor trials was not disclosed……

A toxic legacy : British nuclear weapons testing in Australia, Australian Institute of Criminology. “…… Three days after the conclusion of the Totem trials, the Australian government was formally advised of British desires to establish a permanent testing site in Australia. In August 1954, the Australian Cabinet agreed to the establishment of a permanent testing ground at a site that became named Maralinga, Continue reading

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December 23, 2016 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, history, secrets and lies, uranium | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Repost: Peter Cosgrove spruiks “clean” nuclear for BHP Billiton

Lack of Australian nuclear plant almost immoral: Peter Cosgrove  Amanda O’Brien : The Australian * February 04, 2010 “…………….The former Australian of the Year said he anticipated there would be an outcry but there was no cleaner energy source than nuclear power.(!!)..………General Cosgrove pulled no punches in his speech to the breakfast at the University of Western Australia, which was hosted by major coal producer BHP Billiton.

Lack of Australian nuclear plant almost immoral: Peter Cosgrove | The Australian

January 28, 2014 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, General News | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Labor MPs speak out against nuclear power for Australia

“We’ve got untapped supplies of wind and solar energy so I think the economics of developing those sorts of energy sources are going to far outweigh the benefits and the costs of developing a nuclear industry.”…….”I don’t think that the end result, which is the whole expense and difficulties of decommissioning and dealing with the waste, have been addressed.”

llawarra MPs oppose nuclear power proposal – ABC Illawarra NSW – Australian Broadcasting Corporation December 2, 2010 Illawarra Labor MPs have voiced their opposition to nuclear power amid talks of a debate on the agenda for next year’s national conference. Continue reading

December 2, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, New South Wales, politics, uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear power unaffordable for Australia

Faced with overwhelming evidence against nuclear power, vested interests have seized on the climate crisis as a last-gasp attempt to put it back on the agenda. But doing so would squander the resources necessary to implement meaningful climate change solutions.

The question: should nuclear energy power our future?, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 Nov 10 “……  Stephen Campbell Nuclear power has no future in Australia. This is commonsense for the environment and the economy. Let’s start with finance. In November last year economists at Citigroup issued a critique called, “New nuclear – the economics say no”. The report said ”three of the risks faced by developers – construction, power price, and operational – are so large and variable that individually they could each bring even the largest utility companyto its knees”. Continue reading

November 29, 2010 Posted by | General News, uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian govt in a dilemma over radiation airport scanning

Canberra-based Civil Liberties Australia spokesman Tim Vines said the authority was behaving like a ”government agency mad with power”……

Govt promises X-rays won’t be naked scanners, The Canberra Times, JULIEANNE STRACHAN, 28 Nov, 2010 New X-Ray body scanners could be rolled out at Australian airports in just a few months, but the Federal Government has promised they will not be the same as the ”naked scanners” which have caused outrage in the US. Continue reading

November 29, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, health | , , , | 1 Comment

Facts on the two types of airport security scanning

there is an undeniable very slight risk, especially with repeated exposure as the effect is cumulative. There is no known risk from millimeter-wave scanning……..
Rafi Sala, an Israeli airport security expert who helped design security at Ben Gurion International Airport: “I don”t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747. … That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport.”
Peek-a-Boo, I C U – Living Lake Country, By Al Neuhauser Nov. 25, 2010 Continue reading

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Australia neither needs nor wants nuclear power

That we don’t need nuclear power is obvious: the ”land of the cloudless skies” has cleaner, abundant energy available. The recent report Beyond Zero Emissions demonstrates baseload clean energy can be supplied by renewable sources within 10 years at an affordable cost – about $8 a household a week.

The question: should nuclear energy power our future?, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 Nov 10, “……...THE SCIENTIST: Ann Henderson-Sellers Cold, northern hemisphere countries may resort to nuclear power to try to achieve energy security and moderate climate change but Australia neither needs it nor wants it. Continue reading

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Germany imposes a tax on nuclear fuel

From Jan. 1 2011 through December 2016, a tax on nuclear fuel will bring an estimated EUR2.3 billion to the federal government.

German Upper House Passes Nuclear Fuel Tax – WSJ.com, By Beate Preuschoff, Dow Jones Newswires;NOVEMBER 26, 2010, BERLIN -Germany’s upper house of parliament Friday approved a new tax on nuclear fuel rods, part of a sweeping overhaul of the country’s atomic energy policy. Continue reading

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

THE AUSTRALIAN likely to change its attitude to Climate Change

While a highly qualified science writer, Julie Posetti, gave up on efforts to cover Climate Change properly at THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, that paper’s view is likely to now do an abrupt u-turn in its coverage of climate change.

As Australia’s top right-wing voice, THE AUSTRALIAN is now urgently touting nuclear power for Australia. With no economic, environmental, (especially water) argument for nuclear power in Australia – THE AUSTRALIAN will now be forced to become a firm believer in climate change, climate change being now the only (supposedly) acceptable argument for nuclear power in Australia.

(It wouldn’t do to argue that nuclear power is in the interests of BHP Billiton  and other  uranium corporations, or the interests of slavishly following the USA, or the prospect of an Australian international radioactive waste business.) Christina Macpherson

November 26, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, energy, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Push to call nuclear power ‘RENEWABLE” for Australia

Sawyer suggests the MRET [ mandatory renewable energy target]scheme cover nuclear power to the years out to 2050, rising, for example, to 30 per cent by 2030, 40 per cent by 2040 and 50 per cent by 2050 so that by 2050 Australia will have 25 nuclear reactors.

PM, blow apart the Greens Janet Albrechtsen The Australian November 24, 2010……….In a letter to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, long-time ALP member Phil Sawyer sets out a …  great idea. “the simple declaration that the MRET [mandatory renewable energy target] legislation will be changed to recognise nuclear energy as a carbon-free source of power. ….. Continue reading

November 26, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, spinbuster, uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Professor Ian Lowe counters nuclear spin in Australia

Professor Ian Lowe, the president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, said the report was deeply flawed. ”Given that wind or solar thermal could be providing cheap, low-carbon power within a year or two, and a reactor is probably decades away, there is simply no convincing argument for it.

Call for nuclear plants to combat warming, Sydney Morning Herald, Ben Cubby  November 26, 2010 Continue reading

November 26, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, spinbuster | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A legal setback, but British nuclear veterans will fight on

“I’m convinced that if we took this to the European Court of Human Rights, we would win our case…..We are fighting for justice – not money.

A-bomb vets vow to continue fight  Shields Gazette, John Taylor witnessed atomic tests in 1957.  23 November 2010 By Terry Kelly DISAPPOINTED nuclear test veterans in South Tyneside are set to fight on for justice Continue reading

November 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian soldiers exposed to depleted uranium at Maralinga

An Australian royal commission first discovered the use of depleted uranium in atomic tests at Maralinga some 14 years ago, but the government failed to take any action at the time.

Depleted uranium used at Maralinga, Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 23 Nov 10, Australian Government Confirms Depleted Uranium Used in 1950s The Australian Federal Government announced that it will conduct a health study of Australian volunteers who worked at Maralinga, a British nuclear test site. Continue reading

November 23, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, uranium, weapons and war | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

UK legal case – nuclear veterans’ claim is far from over

the fact that Mrs Sinfield’s case concerning her late husband Bert can take place in a full court hearing where all the scientific evidence held on ionising radiation damage to health will be revealed is good news .

THE IRON FIST OF JUSTICE Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 23 Nov 10, from Dennis Hayden A partial victory in the appeals verdict is all we needThis message has been sent to Members of Parliament . That is , the legal team is fully supportedby all nuclear veterans and widows in efforts to get the nine test cases excluded to be allowed to go to full high court trial . Continue reading

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radiation scanning company spent millions lobbying U.S. govt

Body Scanner Radiation Machine Makers Spent Millions On Lobbying, Wall Street Window,  – Mike Swanson (11/22/10) The truth comes out. USA Today reports that L-3 Communications, which makes the TSA radiation scanning machines at the center of controversy spent millions on lobbying government officials over the past few years to get government contracts to build the machines. Continue reading

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