Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Call for end to Liberal indecision on uranium

    1/10/2005 12:00 AM

    Delegates at today’s Liberal Party state conference needed to ask themselves some pertinent questions before they vote on motions relating to uranium mining and nuclear power, Environment Minister Judy Edwards said today.

    “The Gallop Government was re-elected with a clear mandate to continue the State’s ban on uranium mining,” Dr Edwards said.

    “But the Liberals have straddled the fence on uranium. It is time Liberals leader Matt Birney made a definitive statement and told the conference where he and the Liberal Parliamentary Party stand on this issue.

    “Delegates - particularly Liberal MPs - need to ask themselves if their constituents really want yellowcake carted through their towns and communities and exported from their ports?

    “Do their constituents really want waste from nuclear power plants landed on their docks and then transported through their towns and communities for storage that probably will last for centuries?

    “Do they really want Australia to become the world’s spent nuclear fuel dumping ground?

    “It seems the only Liberal with any consideration of the people of Western Australia is the normally gung-ho Wilson Tuckey, who is quoted as saying 90 per cent of the population was against storing nuclear waste in Australia, ‘making the debate useless’.”

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