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Press Release

Peter Andren

The Independent Federal Member

For the Australian Federal Electorate of

CALARE

 

Under embargo until 10.30 am Saturday 26 September 1998

ANDREN OPPOSES URANIUM MINING IN KAKADU

Federal Member for Calare Peter Andren does not support the Jabiluka uranium mine and, if re-elected, will not support any legislation that threatens Australia's World Heritage areas.

Mr Andren's assurance came while addressing a public forum in Bathurst today organised by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

"I oppose uranium mining in principle and believe our only energy future lies in renewable sources like solar, wind, wave and hydro," he said.

"To mine for uranium with all the associated environmental dangers within the boundaries of a World Heritage National Park is a greedy folly in the extreme," Mr Andren said.

"The Jabiluka mine currently under construction on a lease within Kakadu National Park is an insult to the Park's listing as a World Heritage Area and its traditional owners - the Mirra people," Mr Andren said.

"Kakadu National Park is one of fewer than twenty places around the globe registered as World Heritage for both cultural and natural reasons.

"Whatever short-term profits might stem from mining uranium or other minerals within Kakadu's borders, they do not outweigh the environmental and social cost of damaging such a unique place," he said.

"Permitting uranium mining at Jabiluka reflects the Coalition's general ambivalence towards the environment," Mr Andren said.

"If the Government can't even commit money to the environment without making it conditional upon the sale of public assets like Telstra - how can we expect the general public to put the environment first," Mr Andren said.

"With increasing local and global environmental problems, initiatives encouraging sustainable energy development must be part of any debate about a tax system for the next century," Mr Andren said.

"If re-elected I will do all I can to put the environment back on the agenda in Canberra," he added.

 

 

 

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