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Indian nuclear deal a dangerous dud

Scott Ludlam 4 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is dealing the entire world a bad hand by sending Australian uranium to India.

"Uranium is not like copper and iron ore. It is a strategic mineral and a trade that Australia should be getting out of," said Greens nuclear spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"It's extraordinary that Tony Abbott is signing a nuclear deal with India in the same week Australia has suspended future uranium exports to Russia due to security concerns.

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Nuclear submarines? Dennis please

Liberal MP Dennis Jensen's nuclear obsession will put Western Australia at risk, the Greens warned today.

Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said Dr Jensen's push for Australia to acquire nuclear submarines and to turn Western Australia into a "high-traffic service station" for American nuclear vessels was "counter-factual and dangerous".

"Successive governments have indulged in a series of expensive debacles chasing military hardware - the Member for Tangney wants to continue that dubious tradition by pursuing second-hand American nuclear submarines.

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Greens take stand against nuclear after MacTiernan’s unwelcome conversion

With Japanese Authorities declaring the worsening situation at Fukushima an "emergency", Labor candidate for Perth Alannah MacTiernan has made a baffling pitch for nuclear power to stay in contention for Australia's energy mix.

"The nuclear industry is falling apart worldwide in the wake of Fukushima, the global financial crisis, uncontrollable costs, and overwhelming competition from renewable energy," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today. Senator Ludlam will debate Ms MacTiernan tonight in Perth.

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Greens call for medical care for Australia’s Nuclear Veterans

The Australian Greens have called for hundreds of Australian soldiers who were exposed to radiation from British nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s and ‘60s to automatically receive Veterans' Gold Card health care.

"Between 1952 and 1963, more than 16,000 Australian civilians and serviceman were exposed to nuclear fallout when British nuclear weapons were tested at the Montebello Islands in Western Australia, Maralinga and Emu fields in South Australia, and over the Christmas and Malden Islands," spokesperson Assisting on Defence, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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US nuclear base not welcome in Western Australia


American ambitions to build a naval base in Perth to accommodate nuclear-powered attack submarines, aircraft carriers and missile cruisers should be rejected, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said today.

A US report due for official release tomorrow includes a recommendation to massively increase the American military presence in Australia by expanding the Stirling base in Perth.

The plan is part of one of four options in the Centre for Strategic and International Studies report commissioned by the US defence department.

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motion on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

Senator LUDLAM: This motion arose from the work of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties which is chaired by Mr Kelvin Thomson. The report that reflects this motion was a unanimous one. I thank all members of the committee for their work. Australia's advocacy for nuclear disarmament, which I think is agreed by everyone in this place, would have a lot more credibility but for two factors. One is that we include nuclear weapons in our security policy under the US nuclear umbrella. I believe that should be reviewed.

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