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Bear vs Bull: Toro Uranium project at risk

The tenuous financial viability of Western Australia's first proposed uranium mine is the subject of a new research paper undertaken by independent market analysts Economists at Large, commissioned by Western Australian Senator Scott Ludlam and a range of environmental groups.

"The study shows that Toro's proposed Wiluna Project may scrape into financially viability if absolutely every possible variable goes Toro's way - but only if the company can avoid clean-up and decommissioning costs," said Senator Ludlam.

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Government’s “consultation” on mining in Woomera more like a ram raid

The Federal Government made a mockery of public consultation by allowing three working days for initial submissions on opening up the Woomera Prohibited Area to miners, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"On Wednesday 8 May Defence Minister Stephen Smith and resources Minister Gary Gray released the draft exposure of legislation to increase access to Woomera Prohibited Area to miners, and three working days later on 13 May the submission period closed. It's not good enough," said Senator Ludlam.

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Nuclear waste returned to sender: U.A.E uranium deal raises too many questions

A deal to sell uranium to the United Arab Emirates will open the door to nuclear waste returning to Australia, the Greens warned today.

Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, raised the alarm at the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties today, pointing out a dangerous provision in the proposed treaty to allow the return of nuclear materials.

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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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British Government fails test on Australian nuclear victims, but fight continues

Efforts to secure Act Of Grace payments for the victims of British nuclear testing will be stepped up after the British Government's disappointing response, Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"I call on Foreign Minister Bob Carr to raise this proposal directly with his UK counterparts.

"Because of difficulties victims of the British nuclear testing were facing in the courts, I wrote to British Foreign Secretary William Hague twice making the case for ex gratia payments to Australians exposed to British nuclear testing in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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