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More contradictions from Labor on uranium.



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Wed, 20th August 2008 MORE CONTRADICTIONS FROM LABOR ON URANIUM

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP Shadow Minister for Trade

Senator the Hon David Johnston Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy, Tourism

The Rudd Labor Government has today been caught out with its claim that Australia only exports uranium to those countries that need to use nuclear energy because of a shortage in their own energy resources, Shadow Minister for Trade Ian Macfarlane and Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy Senator David Johnston said.

On the ABC’s AM program this morning Resources Minister Martin Ferguson was asked: Journalist:

As a long time supporter of nuclear power is it time nuclear became part of Australia’s energy mix?

Martin Ferguson:

As a person who actually encouraged the development of our uranium mining industry I understand the importance of nuclear power beyond Australia. But unlike Australia a lot of those countries are not energy rich.

Journalist:

So is this a case, from the Rudd Government’s point of view, that anything but nuclear?

Martin Ferguson:

The position of the Government is very clear. We will not support nuclear power in Australia because we don’t need to. We are an energy rich nation. Those nations to which we are exporting uranium for nuclear purposes do not have the same choices as Australia.

“This is a blatant attempt to avoid the contradiction in Labor’s stance on uranium. It pretends to ignore the fact that one of the many destinations for Australian uranium exports is China, a nation much richer in black coal reserves than Australia,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“This is the hypocrisy in the Rudd Government’s policy on uranium, which is growing more confusing by the day,” Senator Johnston said.

“Mr Ferguson and the Rudd Government must also explain why they are prepared to allow uranium exports to China and Russia but refuse to export to India under the same terms and conditions,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Rudd Labor Government cannot continue to duck and weave from fundamental flaws in its policy.

“It allows Australian uranium to be exported overseas for nuclear power generation, while refusing to consider the use of clean, zero emissions nuclear power in Australia under an Emissions Trading Scheme that will close our traditional coal fired power stations.

“Until this Government is prepared to get serious about the only proven technology that could rapidly cut a swathe through Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions its poorly planned Emissions Trading Scheme will remain an enormous risk to our economy.

“Mr Rudd’s rhetoric on climate change is being exposed as nothing more than empty words.”