Parties battle over uranium mining

The state Labor Party has sought to capitalise on community concern over uranium mining, promising to introduce legislation banning the controversial practice if re-elected next month.


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Mr Barnett has evidently not been listening to, or reading, reliable sources of information. Nuclear power is neither affordable nor clean. The cost of building nuclear power stations is rising as the costs of petroleum-dependent materials rise; the cost of extraction will rise as the cost and availability of oil and water rise; the cost of locating and establishing suitable waste repository sites has not been included in most, if not all, estimates. And the potential costs, both monetary and human, in terms of radioactive contamination of nuclear power plant sites, accident or leakage scenarios, and the possibility of having fissionable material fall into unfriendly hands have been swept under the table. Yes, some countries are thinking of expanding or establishing nuclear power generation. Yet at the same time hundreds of nuclear power plants around the world are due to be decommissioned in the next 5–10 years and the market for uranium will to decrease. In purely economic terms uranium is not a sound investment – except for the few who might make short-term profits selling the idea to short-sighted politicians.

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