Posts Tagged ‘nuclear’

Uranium mining companies to fight it out in court

November 13, 2009

Miners clash on native title
* Sarah-Jane Tasker
* From: The Australian
* November 13, 2009

THE joint-venture partners in what is expected to be Australia’s next uranium mine are locked in a legal dispute over a native title agreement on the project. (more…)


Australia’s vested interest while preaching disarmament

November 2, 2009

Australia and Iran Pickled Politics Sandra Hajda 31st October, 2009
“…………….The meeting was in fact brokered by the International Commission on Nuclear Non- Proliferation and Disarmament, a body founded by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
At first glance this appears to be little more than a minor think-tank (more…)

Chinese nuclear company buys 70 percent of Australian uranium miner

October 29, 2009

Calls for clarity on Chinese resources investment October 29, 2009 The Australian AUSTRALIA’S policy on Chinese investment in resources has, if anything, become murkier since Chinalco’s controversial $US19.5 billion Rio Tinto rescue package fell through earlier this year, prompting renewed calls for more clarity (more…)

Federal govt ignores risks of uranium mining

October 28, 2009

Oil spill disaster continues – the toll rises

“…………………..the federal government has jettisoned its three mine uranium policy and is now considering a rush of exploration licence applications. (more…)

A politician with principle

October 28, 2009

True to his socialist beliefs

The Age By IVAN MILTON  and KAREN LARGE October 28, 2009

PETER Milton, an ALP activist for more than 60 years, who served in the Federal Parliament as the member for La Trobe in Victoria for 10 years from 1980, has died of cancer at home in Northcote. He was 80.

An ardent opponent of uranium mining, he and colleagues John Scott and Lewis Kent caused an uproar in parliament (and within the ALP) in 1986 when they walked out on Paul Keating’s budget speech when the treasurer announced the the government’s decision to resume uranium sales to France.

True to his socialist beliefs

Australia in nuclear talks in India

October 28, 2009

Coffee with BS: Peter Varghese The bloodless diplomat Business Standard Jyoti Malhotra / New Delhi October 27, 2009, “…………Australia’s Indian-origin high commissioner chooses to remain focused on “hard interests”……………….. Australian high commissioner Peter Varghese says he is preparing for the visit of his foreign minister Stephen Smith (in the run up to Diwali) and his Prime Minister Kevin Rudd next month……………. Varghese reported directly both to the previous Conservative Prime Minister John Howard as well as the current Labour Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Howard often sent him to India to gift-wrap Canberra’s assent on the Nuclear Suppliers Group which paved the way for the Indo-US nuclear deal. Rudd, who followed up Howard’s commitment on the NSG but went back on his promise to supply uranium to India, has sent him to serve in Delhi today.

Coffee with BS: Peter Varghese

ANSTO crookedly “fixes” nuclear opinion poll

October 27, 2009
ANSTO poll goes radioactive, quietly changes no to yes

Crikey Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has been caught out trying to manipulate a web poll on its own web site. (more…)

Cutting the risks of medical radiation

October 27, 2009

Rethink on medical imaging radiation to cut risks AUSTRALIAN IT Jennifer Foreshew | October 27, 2009

A COMPUTER program that aims to make radiography imaging safer for patients by minimising their radiation exposure is expected to be tested in a clinical environment next year.


Woomera to get “temporary” dump of mixed radioactive waste

October 23, 2009

Alarm over radioactive waste plan KIM WHEATLEY

Adelaide NowOctober 23, 2009

ABOUT 80 drums of radioactive waste has been earmarked to be shifted 450km from Edinburgh RAAF base to a new waste dump at Woomera.
The Defence Department is seeking licence approvals to turn an old explosives storage building into the Koolymilka Waste Storage Facility in the Woomera Prohibited area.

Defence has told The Advertiser that it also plans to shift 206 44-gallon (194 litres) drums – or about 40 cubic metres – from a nearby Woomera site for the new “temporary” waste dump.

Five years ago, the Federal Government scrapped plans to build a low-level nuclear waste dump near Woomera after strong opposition from the State Government – and moves to establish a permanent facility have stalled ever since.

While the State Government has raised no objections to yet another “temporary” facility being established, it is worried about radioactive waste being transported through the state, especially if it is trucked……………..

The Defence Department only provided a small list to The Advertiser of the types of “low and intermediate” waste that will be held in storage, including valves from radar and telecommunications equipment, luminous aircraft dials and smoke detectors.

But it made no mention of suggestions that it would also house contaminated soil from an old CSIRO site in Melbourne and other radioactive material from medical and research facilities from around the nation.,22606,26246813-2682,00.html

NT’s secret: nuke waste dump deal, despite govt promises

October 22, 2009

Secret $200k nuclear dump contract criticised ABC News By David Coady 22 Oct 09 The Greens are criticising the Federal Government for keeping secret a contract with traditional owners about a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory. (more…)