To: Prime Minister, Foreign Minister & Resources Minister
Keep Australian uranium out of "unsafe" nuclear industry!
Australia simply cannot guarantee the safety of its uranium exported to India for all eternity, no matter what the purpose. Leave Australian uranium in the ground and instead help India develop renewables to solve its energy needs.
Why is this important?
Australian used to say exporting uranium to India is not acceptable as they refuse to be a nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatory. Now apparently it's OK as long as it's for "civilian purposes" subject to as yet undisclosed "safeguards". Even assuming such safeguards could keep Australian uranium out of nuclear weapons for all eternity, grave fears have emerged that India's nuclear industry isn't up to scratch. Japan's Fukushima disaster has recently demonstrated what can happen when lax regulation conspires with vested nuclear industry interests, let alone forces of nature.
Even as former Prime-Minister Julia Gillard visited India in 2012 to talk up a uranium export deal, India's own Auditor-General warned of a "dangerously unsafe, disorganised" nuclear industry with "ineffective" oversight:
Let our Federal Government know that Australians don't want to see their uranium partly responsible for future nuclear disasters which could potentially kill thousands and displace millions in the world's second most populous country. A responsible government would leave Australian uranium in the ground and instead help India develop renewables to solve its energy needs.
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