Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

LNP Uranium Green Light; ALP Says Newman Risking Health for Industry Profits

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

LNP Uranium Green Light; ALP Says Newman Risking Health for Industry Profits

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

THE ALP has slammed the Newman government decision to grant mineral development leases to two companies planning to mine uranium in Queensland.

Shadow Environment Minister Jackie Trad accused the LNP of lying before the last election when it gave what she described as a clear commitment not to endorse uranium mining.

"The Premier gave a clear election commitment but the granting of six exploration licences shows once again the value of an LNP promise," she said.

"In breaking the promise, the Newman Government is ignoring the widespread objections of Queenslanders, ignoring the substantial environmental risks associated with uranium mining, ignoring the risks associated with the transportation of radioactive material and ignoring the risks to public health and safety.

"It is a massive betrayal of trust.

"We are just a few steps away from having trucks and trains filled with uranium making their way through communities to ports and waterways. …

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