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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2177

Senator KEEFFE - I present the following petition from 22 citizens of Australia:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled the petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth that the construction of a uranium enrichment plant in North Queensland and the mining of uranium on the Herveys Range area should not be proceeded with on the following grounds:

(   1 ) No safe method has yet been devised for the disposal of nuclear waste.

(2)   The mining of uranium ore exposes workers to considerable danger from radon gases.

(   3 ) The danger of poisoning chemicals seeping into surface and underground water supplies as a result of uranium ore mining and refining of uranium ore could pose serious health hazards for persons living in the Townsville region.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should take all possible steps to abandon or postpone indefinitely the mining of uranium in the Herveys Range area, and the construction of an enrichment plant in the Townsville region.

Petition received and read.

The Acting Clerk-Petitions have been lodged for presentation as follows:

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