QLD remains silent on uranium

A lobby group has made a renewed push to allow uranium mining in Queensland, but has been met by silence from Campbell Newman's government.

Earlier this month the Queensland Resources Council called on the QLD state government to lift the ban on uranium.

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."

Now Roche and the Australian Uranium Association have banded together to call on Newman to "show political courage" and overturn the ban, according to the Gympie Times.

"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?," the group asks.

While the current LNP government supported uranium mining prior to its election, it has since gone silent on the matter.

A spokesperson for QLD mines minister Andrew Cripps told the Gympie Times "The Newman Government is aware of a range of strong opinions in the resources sector and across the community regarding uranium," the statement reads.

"The reality is uranium mining has not been the subject of a serious public discussion in Queensland for many years but the issue has recently been raised by some members of the community."

Uranium mining is likely to come under the spotlight even more as global coal prices crash and the commodity prices mean coal is no longer sustainable to produce.

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