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Friday, 6 December 1985
Page: 3115


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

That the Senate-

(a) is of the opinion that uranium mining in South Australia should be allowed to proceed, within the safeguards established by the Australian Government, according to the judgment of mining companies who have been willing to provide risk capital and to establish overseas markets, thereby encouraging job creation and a desperately needed increase in export income;

(b) is concerned that deprivation of adequate uranium supplies to the growing world market will cause an acceleration in the development and installation of fast breeder reactors which produce many times the plutonium produced by nuclear fission; and

(c) notes that the plutonium produced in reactors used to provide electric power is unsuitable for nuclear weapons because it contains the containments, plutonium isotopes 240, 241 and 242 and that such plutonium cannot be converted into weapons grade plutonium 239 without grossly expensive and thus uneconomic refinement.