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Barnett must take a clear stand on foreign ownership of Western Australian mines

Premier Colin Barnett is speaking with a forked tongue on Chinese investment in Western Australia, WA Greens said today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Mr Barnett's expression of concern about the proposed sale of the Wesfarmers Premier Coal mine in Collie clashed with his enthusiastic support of Chinese exploitation of WA resources.

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Urgency debate on the implications of Fukushima Daiichi and the 22 Sept. UN High Level meeting on Nuclear Safety & Security

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (16:35): I move:

That the Senate discuss the implications of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and Australia's participation at the High Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security to be held on 22 September 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters.

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Fukushima silence must end at last

The Australian Greens today called for the Senate to finally break the silence around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in the shadow of tomorrow's high level United Nations meeting on nuclear safety and security.

Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam moved an Urgency Motion in the Senate calling for a genuine discussion of the implications of the disaster and Australia's involvement in the meeting at UN headquarters in New York.

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WA is more than a foreign-owned quarry: China deal needs review

The Barnett Government's secretive new deal with China will boost exploitation by foreign mining companies at a time when the resources boom is suffocating the rest of the Australian economy, the Greens said today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said a number of provisions in the Memorandum of Understanding set off alarm bells, chiefly the demand for total confidentiality.

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Uranium sales fall as smart companies pull the plug on nuclear power

A big drop in the value of Australia's uranium exports is a further sign the nuclear industry is crumbling, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said figures from the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics showing a 19 per cent fall in the value of Australian uranium exports from 2009-10 to 2010-11 could not be ignored.

"This is not a short-term reaction to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. For fifteen years renewable energy capacity additions per annum have been outpacing nuclear start-ups.

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Adjournment speech - Fukushima 6 months on - Australia's Nuclear Free Alliance

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (20:58): by leave-I rise to acknowledge that on Sunday we passed an important anniversary, the 10th anniversary of the horrific attacks on New York City and the aircraft that were flown into the twin towers and the Pentagon and one that crashed on its way to its intended target. We pause to reflect on the extraordinary violence unleashed on the people of the United States and on citizens from countries all around the world in those attacks.

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