The Australian Government is prepared to abandon all responsibility for regulating the uranium industry, in direct contradiction to written commitments given by Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
In May 2013, then opposition environment spokesperson Greg Hunt said the Commonwealth would retain control over decisions involving nuclear matters and projects for which state governments are likely to have a significant conflict of interest as the proponent - both of which would cover uranium mining.
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.
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.
Demonstrations will be held in Perth, Adelaide, and Darwin today to mark the Annual General Meeting of the company pursuing Western Australia's first uranium mine. In the Senate, the Australian Greens will move a motion calling on Environment Minister Tony Burke to stop the clock on the project.
Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Toro Energy's Wiluna proposal united people across the country in opposition.
The Australian Greens condemned the Western Australian Government's approval of the Toro Energy Wiluna Uranium Project today and called on the Federal Government to intervene.
Spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke must use the full range of powers available to him under Commonwealth environmental law to protect the public interest after the spectacular failure of the State Government to do so.
The Greens have warned of a poor precedent for uranium mine approvals after the State Government's gave Toro Energy's Wiluna project the go-ahead.
Greens WA spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam said the WA Environment Minister's determination on an appeal against the mine set a "dangerously low standard for uranium projects in this state".
"Now the ball is in the court of Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke. Minister Burke must intervene to prevent this half-baked scheme from going ahead.
The Western Australian government's review of uranium mining regulation in WA has vindicated calls for a public inquiry into the industry.
The Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said an independent report commissioned by the Department of Mines and Petroleum revealed serious flaws in the WA's uranium mining regulations.