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Gallop?s uranium ban set to stay

Western Australia?s ban on uranium mining will stay, despite the resignation of its most ardent proponent, former Premier Geoff Gallop. Acting Premier Eric Ripper said the Labor Party?s policy on uranium mining had not shifted. ?I think people should note the virtually unanimous vote in support of our current uranium policy at the state conference of the ALP before they jump to conclusions about what the future might hold,? Mr Ripper said. ?I don?t see any sign that the Labor Party is changing its attitude on that matter.? A stream of new uranium floats have hit the boards in recent months as international support continues to grow for a cleaner, cheaper nuclear-powered energy alternative, a position increasingly embraced on both sides of the political fence at a Federal and state political level. The new uranium explorers have seen their share prices soar on surging world uranium prices and a collective view that economic and environmental reason will eventually prevail, and further uranium mining will be allowed throughout Australia. There have been clarion calls from the mining sector and from within the state Labor party for the issue to be properly investigated and debated.Uranium is only mined in three Australian locations.

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