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McGowan’s uranium backflip betrays Labor voters as well as environmental protection principles

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Scott Ludlam 23 Jan 2012

The Australian Greens condemned WA Labor leader Mark McGowan's announcement today that uranium mines would continue to operate under a Labor State Government.

The Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said Mr McGowan should ask his party members their view before abandoning their opposition to uranium mining.

"Labor can't have it both ways on uranium mining. It is a dangerous, toxic industry that operates to provide fuel to the dangerous, toxic nuclear energy sector. If Labor is opposed to uranium mining they should make their position clear.

"Mr McGowan has spoken of providing certainty to the industry. It is far better to let the nuclear industry know it is certain they have no future in Western Australia."

Greens WA MLC Robin Chapple said uranium mining was not welcome in Western Australia.

"If Labor is elected in March next year, and there is one operational uranium mine in WA at that time, that will be one too many. If Labor is elected in 2017, who knows how bad the situation will be after two terms of the rampantly pro-uranium Barnett government. Uranium mining in the Northern Territory has a sorry history - as it does all over the world - and we do not want to see it replicated in our state."

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