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Nuclear waste shipping debacle: no end in sight

Scott Ludlam 7 Dec 2015

A ‘flag of convenience' vessel registered in Antigua and chartered by a French company arriving in the dead of night to unload Australian nuclear waste returned from France highlights the dangers of transporting nuclear material and is yet more evidence that waste should be securely stored on site, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Australian Government seems determined to undermine public confidence in its handling of spent nuclear fuel," Australian Greens Acting Leader and Nuclear Issues Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Government is still asking the wrong question on nuclear waste dump: Greens

Scott Ludlam 13 Nov 2015

The Federal Government has announced the locations of the six sites it proposes to assess for formal shortlisting for a national radioactive waste dump.

Australia's troubled history of attempts to establish a single national waste dump have moved into a new phase, with a longer list of 28 nominated sites sharpened to six locations which will be the subject of four months of consultations.

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Leave nuclear in the 1950s where it belongs: Greens

Scott Ludlam 28 Oct 2015

Australian energy production and exports should focus on the opportunities of the 21st century, not the failures of the 20th century, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

“I’m not sure how many times this argument needs to be had, but the answers are the same they’ve been for decades; nuclear power is too slow and too costly to make any useful contribution to Australia’s energy mix, to say nothing of the toxicity of the waste, and the inextricable connection to the weapons industry.

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#estimates - the National Radioactive Waste Management Project

Scott Ludlam 23 Oct 2015


Senator LUDLAM: I have a couple of questions that go to the National Radioactive Waste Management Project that was initiated by Minister Macfarlane. He no longer holds the relevant portfolio, so I am just checking on the big picture before I go to a couple of detailed questions. Are there any major changes of direction to be expected under the new minister, or is it steady as she goes?

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No-go on India nuclear deal

Scott Ludlam 8 Sep 2015

The Greens have welcomed a report from the Joint Standing Committee On Treaties (JSCOT) that has just been tabled in the House of Representatives, recommending Tony Abbott's intention to sell Australian uranium to India should not go ahead at this time.

JSCOT member Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said:

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