Environmentalists says LNP reneging on uranium ban agreement

Green groups say the Queensland Government has backflipped on its promise to ban uranium mining after opening discussions on the metal's future on Friday.

QLD mines minister Andrew Cripps opened the floor for discussion last week after the Queensland Resources Council and the Australia Uranium Association called on Campbell Newman's Government to make a decision on uranium's future.

According to the QRC the state may be missing out on millions because it has banned uranium mining.

Mount Isa's City Council has also pushed for the current reigning LNP Government to drop the state's long running opposition.

QRC chief Michael Roche stated that Campbell Newman's government has just followed in step with the previously installed Anna Bligh government's opposition to uranium, and that it should make its own decision.

"This Government has never said that it was committed to a ban," he said.

"It was really just mulling over what they would do with the previous government's ban.

"I think we do have an opportunity to try to persuade the Newman Government that there's no need to maintain the Labor government's ban.

"We know that we are losing opportunities."

The QRC and AUA stated that "the question, really, is why it is permissible to mine and export uranium from South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia – but not Queensland?"

Following Cripps decision for a discussion he was slammed by the Australian Conservation Foundation.
ACF spokesperson Dave Sweeny said the LNP has previously pledged to keep the uranium ban in place, The Australian reports.

"We remind the Queensland government and the LNP they went with a clear commitment to the people they had no intention to expand or facilitate the uranium industry in Queensland," he said.

We will actively take part in this debate highlighting the costs and consequences both here and overseas," he said.

"Don't forget Australian uranium was inside Fukushima (nuclear reactors in Japan) when it melted down.
"Rocks from Kakadu are now causing radioactive fallout."

It comes only days after Australian uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) was accused of 'stealthily' attempting to mine uranium.
 

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