Queensland Can Do Uranium mining

Peter speaking with a BHP Billiton representative outside their Olympic Dam office in Roxby Downs

Despite declaring no such plans before the election the Campbell Newman lead Queensland Government announced today that it will lift the ban on uranium mining in the state.

Mr Newman says the Federal Governments plans to sell uranium to India spurred his decision because Queensland should share in the jobs and economic opportunities it will create.

The resumption of uranium mining in Queensland will also mean Queensland will share in the environmental and human health problems created by the uranium and nuclear industries.

“The government has made the wrong decision for the wrong reasons,” says Nuclear Free Queensland spokesperson Robin Taubenfeld.

A strong movement against the uranium industry has continued in Queensland despite the last uranium Queensland uranium mine closing in 1982.

“We have campaigned for many years to ensure the uranium mining ban stayed in place, the overturning of this decision has strengthened our resolve,” Ms Taubenfeld said.

“We are ready to step up our campaign, companies seeking to open uranium mines will face opposition.”

Last week on Autonomous Action Radio I interviewed Co-chair of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance Peter Watts.

Peter is an Arabunna man who has been personally affected by these industries through mining and bombs.

In this interview he talks about the effect BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine has had on his country and family, his visit to Japan earlier this year, and how his family was affected by the Maralinga British tests.

You can listen to the interview here – The Effects of Uranium mining and Looking towards a Nuclear Free Future For All

Or download a broadcast quality version here – Uranium mining to Bombs and Reactors

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