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The nuclear debate for slow learners.



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The nuclear debate for slow learners...

20/08/2008

Brendan Nelson's confused call for a renewed debate on nuclear energy would be funny if it were not so serious, Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"The Greens welcome the call for yet another rational, informed debate on nuclear energy. Australia has these debates every couple of years, and the pro-nuclear side keep losing. They never seem to figure out why."

"Australians have a deep distrust of nuclear technology. It is not because they are emotional, irrational or uninformed, but because nuclear power and uranium mining have no place in a sustainable society and people know it," said Senator Ludlam.

"Nuclear weapons, nuclear waste and the risk of accidental contamination for thousands of years stands in stark contrast to the prosperous, renewable society that most Australians want. So by all means lets have the nuclear debate again, and this time let's talk about the role Australia plays in providing uranium fuel to this most destructive of industries. I'm eager to hear Minister Peter Garrett's views on that subject," he concluded.

For media enquiries contact Scott Ludlam on 0417 174 302