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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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Nuclear renaissance ‘impossible'

As the Australian Uranium Conference opens today in Perth, Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens acting leader and spokesperson for nuclear issues has dubbed the industry as terminally ill.

"Renewable energy is growing at a faster rate than nuclear energy - an industry that has been dominated by disasters, cost blow outs and safety issues," Senator Ludlam said today.

"It's time the nuclear industry came to terms with the reality that a renaissance of the industry is impossible and resuscitation unlikely," Senator Ludlam said.

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Threats posed by the ongoing crisis at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

Scott Ludlam 14 Nov 2013



I give notice that on 14 November 2013 I shall move:

That the Senate notes:

1. The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor site is progressively deteriorating;

2. Australian uranium was in each of the reactors at Fukushima on 11 March 2011, and;

3. Nuclear utility TEPCO is embarking on the risky removal of more than 1500 highly irradiated fuel rods from Unit 4 of the reactor complex.

Calls on the government to

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Clean energy advocates celebrate while nuclear lobby holds wake in Fremantle

Scott Ludlam 17 Jul 2013

While nuclear power is in retreat around the globe, advocates of clean energy had ‘Better Things To Do' than protest the Uranium Conference held in Fremantle today - attending the 'Better Things To Do' renewable energy industry breakfast.

"There's a reason the Australian Uranium Conference shrinks year on year. Nuclear power is in retreat across the globe. Electricity generation from nuclear power plants dropped by a historic seven per cent in 2012, adding to the then record drop of four per cent in 2011," said Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Resources and Energy

Scott Ludlam 5 Jun 2013

Budget Estimates Monday 3 June 2013 - Economics Committee

Senator LUDLAM: I have three quick issues to raise in the brief time remaining. If it was not already canvassed before I got here, I understand that DRET commissioned CSIRO to prepare a report on residential energy efficiency, the residential ratings project. Has that been received by the department and when are you proposing to release it?

Mr Divall : Senator, could I just ask the name of the report you are after?

Senator LUDLAM: The residential ratings project.

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

Scott Ludlam 3 May 2013

"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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Protesting Toro Energy Annual General Meeting

Scott Ludlam 28 Nov 2012

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (15:49): I move:
That the Senate-
(a) notes:
(i) demonstrations will be held in Adelaide, Perth and Darwin to mark the Toro Energy Limited annual general meeting on Wednesday, 28 November 2012,
(ii) the Toro Energy Ltd uranium project near Wiluna, Western Australia is located within a lake bed that floods periodically, and
(iii) the project poses potential risk to cause extinction of flora species and the extinction of or adverse impacts to stygofauna; and
(b) calls on the Government to:

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