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Thursday, 1 September 1994
Page: 750


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)with concern, the issues raised on the ABC television program `Lateline' on 31 August 1994 concerning the plutonium trade,

    (ii)that plutonium is not only connected with military establishments but may also be available from so-called `peaceful' nuclear establishments, and

    (iii)with concern, that the Australian Government is currently considering expanding the extent of uranium mined and exported from this country which may ultimately add to the stockpile of plutonium available for this horrific trade; and

  (b)calls on the Australian Government to abandon any plans to expand uranium mining in this country and to invest instead in renewable energy technologies.