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Nuclear debate in Australia over: Bandt

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Adam Bandt 22 Mar 2011

Greens MP Adam Bandt has told the Parliament that the nuclear debate in Australia is now over.

In a speech last night discussing the emergency at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Mr Bandt said other MPs, who just three weeks ago were strongly advocating nuclear power, were now silent.

Australia's uranium exports to Japan and other countries also now needed to be reconsidered, he said.

"The debate on nuclear power in this country is now over", Mr Bandt told the Parliament.

"Less than three weeks ago in Parliament, members of Labor and the Coalition were lining up to spruik nuclear power."

"What has happened to their irresponsible advocacy of nuclear power? Are they going to continue to claim, against all the evidence that nuclear power is safe?  Are they going to continue to push for its adoption in Australia?

"Will they look voters in the face at the next election and say I want a nuclear power station in your electorate?

"The recent terrible events in Japan and the ongoing emergency at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have shown very clearly the dangers of nuclear energy and why we should not go down this path in our country."

"This nuclear disaster also throws into question Australia's continued exports of uranium, which are used to fuel these dangerous nuclear power plants in our region, including Japan."

"Tepco, the company that operates the Fukushima reactors buys and burns Australian uranium in its reactors. It may be, although we don't know for sure, that Australian uranium fueled some of the reactors in Fukushima."

"We should end Australia's involvement in this dangerous cycle of mining, radiation, weapons and waste."

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