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Federal Labor bows to the states on uranium.

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26 July, 2007


Labor Leader Kevin Rudd has again demonstrated he doesn't have the strength to pursue policies opposed by state leaders - regardless of the national interest.

"Whether it's water or uranium, Mr Rudd continues to show a shameless lack of leadership, putting the demands of premiers before the needs of Australians," Resources Minister, Ian Macfarlane, said today.

Speaking at the Australian Uranium Conference in Perth this morning Minister Macfarlane said Federal Labor's 'yes but no' uranium policy may be appeasing premiers but it was costing jobs and exports.

"Western Australia is missing out on billions of dollars in export revenue. This is money that could be funnelled into schools, hospitals and local communities.

"As the world's second biggest uranium producer, Australia is in a prime position to capitalise on the nuclear renaissance around the globe. This uranium could also make Australia a key player in the global greenhouse gas solution.

"Labor's not only dismissing the national interest but the global interest - every pound of uranium that sits idle here is uranium that isn't being used to reduce the world's carbon footprint.

"Federal Labor's pattern of rolling over to state premiers on important national issues is just a taste of the policy paralysis should Australia have wall to wall Labor governments.

"Western Australia will be a key driver to the success of Australia's uranium industry and Australia's role in combating climate change.

"Federal Labor should get off the fence and do what's in the best interests of all Australians," Mr Macfarlane said.