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Uranium workers left off radiation radar

Uranium mine workers in the Northern Territory have not been included in the National Radiation Dose Register, the Australian Greens revealed today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam uncovered the loophole during Senate Estimates hearings today while quizzing representatives from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

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Comcare findings demand immediate action to clean up Lucas Heights facility

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to take immediate action to clean up Australia's only nuclear isotope production facility after the damning findings of an investigation by Comcare.

While investigating the suspension of an Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation health representative, the agency responsible for workplace safety in the Commonwealth sector recommended the nuclear body engage in far-reaching reform of its safety standards.

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ANSTO Safety Management Issues

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT: AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION

TOPIC: Safety Management Issues

REFERENCE: Question on Notice (Hansard 21 October 2009, E8)

QUESTION No.: SI-18

Senator LUDLAM-Is it the case that one of the staff present during that incident handling radioactive substances had not completed occupational health and safety induction training or the one-day radiation safety course, nor the ANSTO or ARI induction check lists?

Dr Adrian Paterson- I will take that on notice

ANSWER

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Screen Australia - staffing through amalgamation

Division/Agency: Screen Australia
Topic: Screen Australia - staffing through amalgamation
Hansard Page ECA: ECA 125 (19/10)

Senator LUDLAM asked:

Senator LUDLAM-What number of resignations occurred through that process?

Dr Harley-We do not have that in front of us, Senator. We would have to get back to you with that.

Senator LUDLAM-All right, I would appreciate that. We will move on from there, but if you can provide us with the breakdown of what occurred and any of the financial savings that have accrued as a result, that would be very helpful.

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Greens create more sustainable local jobs for WA

The Australian Greens are pleased to today announce more than $5.5 million to be spent on local WA heritage projects that will create more than 90 new local, sustainable jobs and traineeships across the State.
“Back in February, Australia’s five Greens Senators used their balance-of-power position, shared with the two Independents in the Senate, to negotiate some key wins for job seekers and the environment in the Government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package,” Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

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Funding for Skilling Australia's Workforce

Senator Ludlam (Western Australia) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 22 January 2009:

To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education-For each of the years in which the Commonwealth-State Agreement for Skilling Australia's Workforce has operated, what has been the unit price per student contact hour paid to each state.

Senator Carr (Victoria) (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) -The Minister for Education has provide the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

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Help Perth’s 30 high-risk suburbs: Greens

A new study identifying Perth suburbs most exposed to unemployment underscores the need for Government to create green new jobs in building public transport infrastructure, the Australian Greens say.

“Thirty suburbs, mostly in middle to outer Perth, have been identified by the University of Newcastle study as at high risk of major job loss in the recession,” Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

“These the areas where a high number of people rely on work in industries such as manufacturing, construction, retail and hospitality.

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Mining slump shows need for re-think on the economy: Greens

A forecast 10,000 WA mining jobs to be lost in the next 18 months calls for fresh thinking on the WA economy, the Australians Green say.

“Mines by their nature are finite. It is on this basis that WA has been experiencing a boom-bust economy for the past century,” Mining Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

“Now, with hardship again looming for thousands of WA workers, it is time to re-skill and re-orient the economy to develop the prosperous industries of the future.

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