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Australian uranium fuelled Fukushima

On March 11, the anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing reactor melt down at Fukushima, we remember and recognise that we all have something to say about this. Even here in Brisbane, mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto are in our midst. They are the miners and exporters of Australian uranium.

On a good day, Australian uranium ends up as radioactive waste. On a bad day, it ends up as nuclear fallout.

It’s time to close Australia’s uranium mines.

As long ago as 1983 the anti-uranium movement cited reasons for closure of existing mines: nuclear proliferation and failure of safeguards to prevent radiation spills into the environment. This critique was supported by a mass movement that mobilised against successive governments on both sides of politics in Australia.

 

The movement produced critiques such as:

A Critique of the ASTEC Report

On the anniversary of the melt-down of a reactor at Fukushima activists took to the street to protest Australia’s Uranium decisions. See images below.

Notes by Ian Curr.

 

The Fukushima nuclear reactors continue to spread radiation in to their local environment ,  poisoning people, the seas, the land, the seas nearby and the air we all breathe… In some cases, the technology to “deal  with” the crisis has not yet even been invented.

2017: “In September, the prime minister’s office set a target date of 2021 – the 10th anniversary of the disaster – for the next significant stage, when workers begin extracting the melted fuel from at least one of the three destroyed reactors, though they have yet to choose which one.www.nytimes.com

Image shows 5,000 people take to the streets in Brisbane on 22 Oct 1977 to oppose uranium mining and export].

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