Doctors Prescribe NO URANIUM deal with India

Melbourne, Australia: Wednesday 03 September 2014:    Australian and Indian medical doctors have urged a re-think on planned uranium sales ahead of Prime Minister Abbott’s visit to India on Thursday 4th September 2014. The doctors recently met on 27 -29 August at the congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNWi) in Astana, Kazakhstan and represent Indian Doctors for Peace and Development and the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia). Continue reading

Australian government allows BHP new uranium mine to avoid environmental impact statement

Originally posted on Antinuclear:

Abbott’s Olympic dodge on environmental protections  The Australian Greens say the Abbott Government is shirking responsibility by waiving a new environmental impact statement for the proposed expansion of Olympic Dam.

“The Federal Government needs to do its job and stop putting the private profits of the big mining companies ahead of the environment,” said South Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright.  “This is a short-sighted measure, which shows how little the Government cares about environmental protection.”

Senator Wright said BHP’s original environmental impact statement did not mention acid leaching but there were serious concerns around about this process in South Australia, with previous leaching in a copper mine near Copely resulting in leaks and contamination.

“We need to be sure that chemical pollution from BHP’s trial will be contained. If the Federal Government is cutting corners, what’s to stop BHP from skimping on environmental protections?

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Australia’s pro nuclear lobby in the spotlight

Originally posted on Antinuclear:

Australia – uranium and nuclear power, Online opinion By Helen Caldicott -, 26 August 2014

“………… an Brook,-Barry-glowsardently pro-nuclear group in Adelaide has arisen led partly by Barry Brook a Professor of Climate change at Adelaide University, who is an adamant supporter of uranium mining and nuclear power in Australia and is promoting small modular reactors http://www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-caldicott/small-modular-reactors_b_5653378.html.

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To make matters worse former Prime Minister Bob Hawke is advocating that Australia enrich uranium and become the repository for the world’s nuclear waste. “We would get an enormous stable flow of income which could be used for the benefit of the world and our own benefit” he says. Nuclear waste must be isolated from the environment for 1,000,000 years according to the US Environmental Protection Agency – a scientific impossibility.

These people clearly do not understand the carcinogenic and medical dangers arising at all stages of the nuclear fuel chain, nor…

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Students of Sustainability conference 2014

Originally posted on Peace Convergence:

What is SOS?​

Students of Sustsos14poster1ainability (SOS) is an annual, volunteer-organised five day conference and festival bringing together hundreds of students, activists, artists, writers and researchers interested in dealing holistically with questions of environmental and social justice. Through plenaries, workshops, skillshares, performances, presentations, artworks and actions, SOS explores everything from deep theoretical issues to questions of everyday political praxis.

SOS aims to articulate the challenges posed by the present ecological crisis not merely to our energy supplies or regulatory regimes, but to the foundations of our economic and social system; to the stories we tell, how we think, what we create and who we are. It is a unique event with a defining role in the Australian environment movement and in all movements working towards a society that is sustainable because it is just, and just, because it is sustainable.​


​What does your ticket include?​

The days will be…

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2014 Budget signals more weapons spending, less defence workers

Originally posted on Peace Convergence:

ImageThe 2014 budget has drawn criticism for cuts to health, education and welfare, with more than 2200 defence civilians and contractors to be sacked, while the Liberal government’s budget pushes for billions in military ‘hardware’ spending. 

Total defence outlays for the coming year will be $29.2 billion (up $500 million) and the government will spend $122.7 billion on military hardware to 2017-18.

In the face of cuts to welfare for young people under 30 and increases in the cost of uni fees, the government is instead encouraging young people to join the military with the ADF gap year program – with a price tag of $191.8 million over four years.

Defence budget expert with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Mark Thompson told news.com that the budget is, “as good as it gets for defence”.  Not so for veterans who see cuts to pensions, superannunation and medical assistance in this budget.

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Environmental and racial injustice. The saga of Northern Territory radioactive trash dump plan continues

Originally posted on Antinuclear:

handsoffEnvironmental Injustice in Australia – Nuclear Waste, The Stringer,  by Kate O’Callaghan,  May 8th, 2014 Muckaty Station is a small township in the remote Northern Territory, 110km north of Tennant Creek and roughly 800km south of Darwin.  Also known as Marlwanpa, the land is held under Native Title having formally been returned in 2001 to thetraditional owners – the Milwayi, Ngapa, Ngarrka, Wirntiku, Kurrakurraja, Walanypirri and Yapayapa peoples.  Muckaty is also the proposed site of Australia’s first national nuclear waste dump or, as it’s officially called, radioactive waste repository.

Australian governments have been trying to settle on a nuclear waste site since the mid eighties, but have met fierce community opposition at every turn.  Muckaty is the sixth proposed site since the search began.  In 2007, the location of the site was nominated by the Northern Land Council (NLC) on behalf of several members of the Ngapa clan. …

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Uranex company faces reality: getting out of uranium industry, changing its name

Originally posted on Antinuclear:

bad-smell-nukeUranex dumps uranium for graphite  Brisbane Times, May 13, 2014 – Greg Roberts  The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster killed the dreams of many an Australian uranium explorer.

One of those, Uranex, has survived by changing commodities.

It went back and kicked the dirt again on its tenements in Tanzania and discovered another resource there: graphite.

In 2012 a stubbornly weak uranium price and a 200 per cent rent hike by the Tanzanian government spurred it into action……..

Graphite is in demand because it is a necessary component in rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

An eventual predicted take-up of electric cars would spur even more demand – nearly 40kg of graphite is used in each of those batteries.

Graphite has been used in batteries for decades because it is an electrical conductor, but the technological explosion in smart phones and other portable devices has sent demand soaring.

Uranex would be in production by…

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Fraser calls for closure of Pine Gap US spy base

Originally posted on Peace Convergence:

pinegapMalcolm Fraser has called for the closure of the Joint Defence Facility Australia at Pine Gap, writes the ABCs Matt O’Neil. The former prime minister says that Australians could be charged with crimes against humanity in the future over US drone strikes which are reportedly co-ordinated from the facility.

Listen here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/malcolm-fraser/5414694

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FoE: Military pollution an additional insult to human rights in the “Pacific Solution”

manusThe leaking of an environmental report into the Manus Island detention centre (The Guardian 4 Feb, 2014) reveals additional risk to the health and well being of people seeking asylum. Military bases leave a legacy of water and land pollution that can poison inhabitants for decades.

Manus Island has a long history of military occupation and use as base, including the Australian, United states, Japanese and British Military. Unexploded ordnance, fuel storage and the use of military chemicals are known pollutants affecting human health worldwide. It is likely that, without any kind of remediation, pollutants have leaked into the soil and air of Manus Island putting detainees, military and Manus Island inhabitants at risk.

In a 2013 report US bases: the social and environmental risks, FoE researcher and military spokesperson Kim Stewart lists the contaminants commonly left behind by military occupation. They include:

· Perchlorate, the primary ingredient in rocket fuel, known to be contaminating groundwater in 42 US states and numerous bases worldwide. Linked to birth defects and thyroid problems;

· White phosphorus, a particularly cruel form of weapon that not only burns the skin of people it touches (like napalm), it also poisons them;

· TNT, RDX and other explosives, linked to cancer and CNS problems;

· Mercury and lead, bio-accumulating heavy metals known to cause neurological problems,
heart problems, even death;

· Depleted uranium and plutonium, leading to cancers and deaths;

Careless storage and disposal of military materials has lead to hundreds of leaking drums, pipelines, underground storage tanks, landfills and contaminated buildings worldwide, including Australia. Manus Island will be no exception.

The Abbott government has a responsibility under the international human rights agreements not to add further injury to the health of people fleeing war, nor to add to the ongoing infringement of the human rights of the local people by continued occupation of Manus Island.

Further information:
Stewart, K (2013) US bases: the social and environmental risks
http://www.academia.edu/4200497/US_bases_in_Australia_the_social_and_env…

Media contact:
Kim Stewart, BSc hons, MSW Friends of the Earth – Military Pollution Spokesperson, PACE – Peace, Anti-Nuclear and Clean Energy – Collective
0413397839

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