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Howard must rule out support for nuclear ties with India: Greens

Prime Minister John Howard must rule out Australian support for developing nuclear ties with India, Australian Greens energy spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said today.
 
"Reports that Indian officials have been talking to Australia about civil nuclear cooperation and that the US is seeking an exemption from international rules to provide nuclear fuel to India are deeply troubling," Senator Milne said in Canberra.
 

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Law to override NT on nuclear waste dump unacceptable: Greens

The federal government's bill to override the Northern Territory government in its attempt to foist a nuclear waste dump on the community is completely unacceptable, Australian Greens energy spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said today.
 
The Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2005, introduced to the parliament today, gives the federal government power to impose a nuclear waste dump on the community, despite having said before the federal election last year that it would not be siting a dump there.
 

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Howard's hypocrisy on non-proliferation

Prime Minister John Howard should be the last national leader to lecture the world on the shortcomings of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) since Australia is set to undermine and weaken it further through exporting uranium to China, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said today.

Mr Howard told the United Nations world leaders summit in New York that greater commitment needed to be shown to tackling proliferation of nuclear weapons.

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Campbell abandons responsibility for environment

Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell's endorsement of nuclear power for Australia shows he has abandoned responsibility for protecting the environment, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said today.

Senator Campbell is reported today as saying he has no in-principle problem with Australia adopting nuclear energy 'as long as it meets all our environmental standards'.

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Howard prioritises uranium exports over global security

The Howard government is set to imperil global security by promoting the export of uranium to China and India even though such action undermines the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said today.

"The Prime Minister was prepared to commit Australian troops to the war in Iraq because of the unproven claim of weapons of mass destruction, yet is prepared to sell uranium to countries with nuclear weapons programmes," Senator Milne said.

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Nuclear power

MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (1.37 p.m.)-I concur with the remarks of Senator Moore, who has just resumed her seat. I certainly support achieving the Millennium Development Goals-in particular, obviously, the eradication of poverty. Much more could be done in Australia, in particular with regard to Indigenous communities.

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Greens call on Prime Minister to rule out licensing nuclear power plants

The Australian Greens today called on Prime Minister John Howard to rule out changing federal laws which currently prohibit the licensing of nuclear power plants in Australia.

Senator Kay Patterson, representing the health minister, confirmed during Question Time today that it is currently unlawful to license a nuclear power plant, under the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998.

But she refused to guarantee the government would not change the law to permit nuclear power plants to be licensed.

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Nuclear power would saddle future Australians with debt and radioactive waste

Treasurer Peter Costello's endorsement of nuclear power for Australia is environmentally and economically irresponsible, Australian Greens Senator climate change spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said today.  

"Mr Costello's reported support for nuclear power is the latest attempt by the Howard government to convince Australians that we must choose between two dirty sources of power for our future energy needs," Senator Milne said.

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Prime Minister must clarify government's climate change policy

Prime Minister John Howard must clarify the federal government's position on climate change, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Christine Milne said today.

"The Howard government has descended into complete chaos over climate change," Senator Milne said in Canberra today.

"Environment Minister Ian Campbell has told the parliament one thing and the Federal Court the complete opposite about whether climate change is real.

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Major parties abandon NT over uranium mining expansion

Labor and Coalition senators have abandoned the people of the Northern Territory to a high-risk future, and the world to the threat of more nuclear weapons, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Christine Milne said today.

"The Howard government has ignored the wishes of the NT Labor government yet Labor senators sided with the Liberals and Nationals, endorsing the coalition government's grab for power to expand uranium mining," Senator Milne said today.

"This comes on top of the coalition foisting a nuclear waste dump on the NT.

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