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

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

Ethics and Australia’s fight against nuclear power – theme for December

It is easiest to just adopt the good old “she’ll be right, mate” attitude, and to ignore the push for the nuclear fuel cycle in Australia. After all, some Australian make money out of uranium, and who cares if other countries make bombs out of it?

It’s also easy to please the powers that be, and go along with BHP Billiton etc, and   Australian politicians in the drive for the nuclear fuel cycle here.

But, it takes courage to stand up for the environment, health, peace, against the push. Most courageous of all, the Aboriginal people who make this stand – against the propaganda, bribery, and threats of the pro-nuclear push.

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, 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

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

NUCLEAR POWER and ETHICS – theme for December 2010

The unethical nature of nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and the entire nuclear fuel cycle is becoming more obvious, as its history unfolds. On grounds of nuclear weapons spread, unsolved wastes problem, health and environment, effects on indigenous and poor peoples, injustice to today’s and future generations – and even the sheer financial costs for now and the future – it is clear that “atoms for peace” is a false and unethical enterprise.

Why is it so rare for ‘important’ people to face up to the evil nature of the whole nuclear fuel cycle? It’s not just money. Is it that so much of their reputation, their work has already been invested in nuclear? just too much effort to change track

Like Shakespeare’s Macbeth, who said For mine own good,
All causes shall give way: I am in blood
Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er”

(Image from MACBETH IS A BAD, BAD MAN design by Dave Shanker&Danilo Groppa, Charles W. Flanagan High School, Macbeth – Webquest)

However, some notable Australians have changed track, and next week, this blog heading will take a more positive view of Australians and nuclear power

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

Australia’s nuclear lobby steps up the spin, in fear of renewables’ success

The nuclear lobby fears the success of renewable energy. This is a pressing reason for stepping up nuclear spin in Australia today.

The cheerleader of pro-nuclear, anti-renewables spin is THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper. Their “environment editor” Graham Lloyd, is more of an Anti Environment editor. Today’s edition (27 Nov) has no less than three articles promoting nuclear power, and rubbishing wind energy.

We have  foot-soldiers of nuclear spin  – Jennifer Marohasy, Janet Albrechtsen, Martin Nicholson, Tom Biegler and Barry Brook getting coverage in the mainstream media.  And even Australian Radiation Protection Society getting lectures on how we need nuclear powered submarines, and the” ideal of having a national nuclear industry”

Minister for Resources, Martin Ferguson launched a technical paper that portrays nuclear power as an economic option for Australia

Internationally, papers are appearing on the theme of ionising radiation  being “good for you”.

The nuclear lobby has very little time, (with most nuclear reactors soon reaching their close-down date) to  market its product against its popular and fast-developing competitors – renewable energy and energy efficiency. – Christina Macpherson

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

Anti-uranium and Climate Action protests targeting Paladin

The Angela Pamela project is owned by Paladin and Canada’s Cameco Corp………Paladin could also come under pressure today from the Climate Advocacy Fund, which claims the WA miner is not providing a satisfactory level of information about its carbon footprint.

Paladin to face anti-nuclear protest at AGM – The West Australian, PETER KLINGER,   November 25, 2010, Paladin Energy is set for a showdown with the anti-nuclear lobby at its annual meeting in Perth today amid a heightened level of protest against uranium miners. Continue reading

November 26, 2010 Posted by | energy, Opposition to nuclear, uranium, Western Australia | , , , , , , , , , | 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

World renowned Arkaroola Wilderness still threatened by uranium mining

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary director Marg Sprigg says the overhaul of the state’s mining laws has done little to beef up environmental protection. “Unless further conditions are imposed in any licence to explore for uranium within Arkaroola, bulldozers can again move in, carving tracks through fragile environments and flattening steep slopes to create closely spaced drilling pads,”

Arkaroola mining measures criticised, The Advertiser, ADAM TODD November 22, 2010 ARKAROOLA Wilderness Sanctuary is still under threat from miners despite new laws aimed at penalising those who breach exploration and mining licences, the sanctuary’s director says. Continue reading

November 22, 2010 Posted by | environment, South Australia, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Colorado Town Council opposes uranium mill

the chief concern for the town is the danger a uranium mill could pose to the region’s water and air quality….“The increased presence of radionuclide particles that will contaminate our surface water bodies, currently used as our municipal drinking water source, is of critical concern to the Town of Telluride.”….because it could affect the tourist population, he said, it endangers Telluride’s economy.

Town of Telluride protests uranium mill Town pens letter to CDPHE Telluride Daily Planet, By Katie Klingsporn, November 21, 2010 A group of environmentalists from the Telluride region has been hustling for more than a year to protest a uranium mill proposed to go up in Paradox Valley, a lonely, windswept valley in western Montrose County. Now, the Telluride Town Council is hopping aboard the opposition movement. Continue reading

November 22, 2010 Posted by | uranium, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian Aboriginal owners petition against nuclear waste dump

Dianne Stokes, a traditional owner from the area, says community members, along with the Australian Conservation Foundation, have delivered a petition with more than 2,000 signatures to federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson.

Traditional owners petition against nuclear dump ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Nov 19, 2010 2 Traditional owners say they are ramping up their fight against a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste group’s expensive spin to indigenous people

The money comes from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, the group created by Canada’s nuclear electricity industry to find a new home for nuclear fuel waste.

(Canada) Nuclear group gives First Nations $1M for meetings, November 18, 2010  CBC News The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has been given $1 million to hold information sessions on nuclear waste storage, but environmentalists are leery about the idea. Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Northern Territory govt explains its opposition to Alice Springs uranium mine

“We’re 20 kilometres from Alice Springs in an arid environment and an environment well known for dust storms,” he said.

“I think it’s enough evidence for us to oppose it…the reasons behind our opposition to establish a mine so close to Alice Springs

Vatskalis defends Alice uranium mine opposition ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation),  Nov 18, 2010 The Northern Territory Resources Minister says a decision to oppose any application to mine for uranium at a site near Alice Springs was not just based on public opinion. Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Northern Territory, politics, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment