Face To Face with Fukushima


While much of the media attention fades, radiation continues to impact upon the lives of hundreds of thousands of Japanese people. There are also significant issues around institutional discrimination of those whose homes were within the contamination zone as well as misinformation about the nature of radiation. Families are dealing with stress, upheaval and break down as over 120, 000 people have been forced to leave their homes, communities and businesses.

Australian uranium was in the reactors at Fukushima and we continue to export uranium to Japan. It is important for Australians to hear the full story of the risks and consequences of these exports.

‘Face to Face with Fukushima’ tour will see a delegation from Japan visit Australia on a speaking tour in March 2013 to coincide with the second anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Daiichi power plant in Fukushima, Japan.

The tour will include public meetings in Darwin, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney and meetings with Indigenous Australians who have uranium mine impacts on their lands.

The delegation will also share their experience and describe life in Japan since the 2011 Tsunami and Daiichi nuclear disaster, a disaster on par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.

The tour aims to highlight the long term and ongoing radioactive contamination problems in Japan.  Delegates will also share stories of people finding hope, working together, rebuilding their country.

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The Dangers of Uranium Mining in Queensland and Planned Resistance

Dr Jim Green, National Nuclear Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Australia

The Dangers of Uranium Mining in Queensland and Planned Resistance

With the announcement the Campbell Newman lead LNP State Government would allow uranium mining to recommence it’s interesting to look at the history the uranium industry has had in Queensland.

Autonomous Action Radio’s Wave Beach spoke to Dr Jim Green click here to listen.

Jim Green is the national anti-nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth Australia and Australian coordinator of the Beyond Nuclear Initiative. Green is a regular media commentator on nuclear waste issues. He has an honours degree in public health and was awarded a PhD in science and technology studies for his analysis of the Lucas Heights research reactor debates. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Green_(activist)

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AAradio also spoke to Queensland Nuclear Free Alliance spokesperson Robin Taubenfeld about an action which was held on Monday outside the Executive building in Brisbane.

Reblogged and edited from http://autonomousactionradio.com

Help us inform voters on the U polices of the parties

ImageWith the Queensland election just around the corner, The Queensland Nuclear Free Alliance, Friends of the Earth and The Electrical Trades Union are keen to help voters make an informed voting decision when it comes to nuclear matters.

We have jointly produced a leaflet that will be distributed to thousands of voters prior to polling day.

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AWU conference urged to embrace uranium mining, ignores worker risks

On the 125th anniversary of the Australian Workers Union, nuclear boosters are telling delegates at their National Conference this week on the Gold Coast that they should embrace uranium mining and nuclear power.  What they are neglecting to mention is the long history of health and safety risks attendant on the industry, and the worldwide movement away from nuclear technology as the value of uranium continues to nose-dive.

“Our union has always been a major advocate for the removal of Labor’s no-new-mines policy which has held back the development of uranium mining for a number of years,” said Bill Ludwig, AWU National President, as reported ont he AWU website.

“The AWU supports the removal of legislative bans on exploration for uranium in Victoria and NSW and the development of uranium mines in Queensland.

AWU National Secretary, Paul Howes, was also boosting nuclear, telling delegates that nuclear power is emission-free and sustainable.

“We also welcome the increasing realization of the important role which uranium mining and export has in providing sustainable energy security to countries  utilizing nuclear energy to generate electricity… Nuclear energy which is supplied by our uranium is emissions free.”

Both Howes and Ludwig continue to defy the global progress towards denuclearisation and the realisation since Fukushima that nuclear technology is never safe, even in the most technologically advanced nations.

Spokesperson for Friends of the Earth, Kim Stewart says, “insurance companies for many years have recognised that the risks of nuclear power are too great, so they won’t insure the technology or the homes of people who live near them.  As for uranium mining, it earns less export dollars than cheese.  Cheese doesn’t leave thousands of years of contaminating waste, displace indigenous peoples or make weapons with the potenital to kills millions.”

“Fukushima was the last nail in the nuclear power coffin, with both Italy and Germany now phasing it out and hundreds of thousands of people turning out in protest against it in Japan and worldwide.  Ludwig and Howes attitude towards uranium mining does not reflect reality.

“Miners should be aware of what the AWU isn’t telling them:  uranium miners get sick and die to profit the likes of billionaires in BHP Billiton and ERA.  Uranium miners are permitted to be exposed to 20 times the radiation of the general public as a concession to mining companies, not workers health.  In the US workers and indigenous people in the Navajo homelands suffer cancer rates twice that of the rest of the population due to corporate pollution.

“Workers cannot trust the companies they work for, or the AWU, on this.  In 2004 ERA covered up contaminated local water and workers showered in it.  In another incident workers took contaminated soil home to their children on the wheels of  vehicles.  The workers found they had been contaminated from the local news, not from their bosses like they should have.”