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WA Light Rail funding should be guaranteed post-election

The Greens have called on Tony Abbott to withdraw his threat to all urban rail funding while the Barnett Government and Canberra bicker over which parts of Perth should be served by light rail.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said that arguments over an extra 7km of light rail line paled by comparison to the Federal Coalition's plan to abolish urban rail funding.

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Minister’s loyalty to the mining industry warps his vision of nuclear power

"Gary Gray's loyalty to the mining industry has blinded him to the fact nuclear power in Australia makes no economic or environmental sense," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said after the energy minister voiced support for a local nuclear power sector.

"The energy minister's declared optimism that nuclear power generation ‘issues' will ‘be attended to in a timely fashion' is unfounded. Nuclear power generation's ‘issues' are fundamental and inextricable: the only way to avoid them is to avoid nuclear power completely.

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Uranium industry more likely to bite the dust than hit Paydirt

Today's Paydirt Uranium Conference is a pre-emptive wake for the declining nuclear sector, Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"With nuclear power in a terminal condition it is no wonder this year's Paydirt conference has been downgraded to a one-day event. The world uranium price has dived from almost $US140 a pound in 2007 to just over $US40 a pound today. 150 nuclear stations in Europe are scheduled for closure. All the spin in the world can't polish the nuclear industry.

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WA Greens take stand with students and academics against funding cuts

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam will join academics and students Thursday morning in a united stand against the Federal Government's proposed funding cuts.

"This is a perverse kind of blackmail in which the Government claims we can't provide more funding to the nation's schools without targetting the nation's universities - we won't tolerate it," said Senator Ludlam.

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Woodside withdrawal from James Price Point – could signal a big win for Western Australia

Reports that Woodside is shelving its planned Browse gas project at James Price Point could signal a big win for the Kimberley and the environment alike, the Greens said today.

"These are very encouraging reports and it is important that Woodside and the WA Government announce the decision, if it has been made," Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Barnett and Woodside cling to obsolete plan to wreck James Price Point while industry leaders move on

Woodside and Colin Barnett's plan to wreck James Price Point is looking increasingly obsessive as leading companies turn their backs on obsolete onshore processing, the Greens said today.

Speaking from Broome today Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said "Shell and Exxon Mobil are pursuing floating LNG projects while Woodside clings to its plan to ruin the pristine coast at James Price Point".

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New minister should bring fresh approach to radioactive waste debacle

The departure of Martin Ferguson from the Cabinet presents a circuit breaker for the Federal Government to progress a real solution for Australia's radioactive waste problem, the Greens said today.

"If responsibility for the waste site is to remain with Mr Gary Gray's portfolio, he should immediately move to drop the campaign to dump the waste at Muckaty Station," said Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam.

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