NT uranium rejection is a lesson: Greens

WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has urged the state and federal governments to take note of the decision by the Northern Territory government to oppose a uranium mine proposal near Alice Springs.


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As with the euthanasia debate regarding the ACT, this issue is not just about the pros and cons of uranium mining. It is also about whether or not Australians are happy to see the Federal Government over-ruling a Territory Government. At present, the Federal Government has this power, to ride roughshod over the rights of democratically elected Territory Governments. The next test will be Martin Ferguson's National Radioactive Waste Management Bill. This proposed legislation would also overrule the Northern Territory Government, and impose a radioactive waste dump on Aboriginal land - without the consent of Traditional Owners, as well as of the Territory Government. This Bill is supposed top be better - to replace the Howard Radioactive Waste Management Bill. But as I understand it, this Bill is even more draconian than Howard's, and also I believe lays the possibility of further over-riding of rights, including of States. I could be wrong about that last bit about the States. But there's so much secrecy and media silence on the waste dump issue - it's hard to get the facts right. With the present surging of interest, investment, and development of renewable energy technologies, it's a real pity if the greed of the uranium/nuclear industry is allowed to get priority over the democratic rights of Australians.

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