The Australian Greens have called on the Berejiklian Government to reject the Mark Latham-led push for uranium mining in NSW.
“The Liberals should stop dancing to One Nation’s tune and reject the push for uranium mining in NSW,” said Greens Leader, Adam Bandt.
“The case for lifting the ban on uranium mining in NSW didn’t stand up to 5 minutes of scrutiny from Fran Kelly this morning. NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee, had no answer to basic economic questions.”
“When it comes to uranium mining, the big issues are environmental, but the economics don’t stack up either. Extraction is emissions intensive, local land and water impacts are incredibly risky and waste products are a shameful legacy.
“The economics should be the final nail in the coffin for uranium, even for those who have no concern for the environment. Global prices remain very low, years after the Fukushima disaster. Adding more uranium to an oversupplied market would only push that price lower, which would probably not be welcomed by other Australian miners.
“The reason the price is dropping is that nuclear power is the most expensive and inflexible energy source there is. Country after country is getting out of nuclear and investing in renewables. That’s the future and state and federal governments need to face the facts.
“NSW should reject this push and Australia should get out of uranium altogether,” Bandt said.
Greens nuclear disarmament spokesperson, Senator Jordon Steele-John said:
“Australia has a nuclear history; from the atomic testing on behalf of the British Government at Maralinga that displaced our First Nations Peoples, to the ongoing mining at Ranger in the Northern Territory, and Olympic Dam and Beverley in South Australia.
“We have played, and continue to play, a role in the global nuclear chain and that is not something to be proud of.
“It’s time for us to get out of uranium all together; it’s time for us to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and strive for peace.”