With the ALP leadership debacle over and the appointment of Bob Carr as foreign minister one has to wonder where the ALP is heading these days. Although Carr brings a new focus on things in our region what that actually means for Australia is anyone’s guess; however, some signature ALP policies seem to continue the trend of a swing to the right.
The latest of course is the ALP’s dropping of the two-uranium-mine policy to one that virtually unlimits the amount of uranium mines on the Australian mainland. What this means has been succinctly explained in documentary maker David Bradbury’s latest production Wake Up, which details the terrifying prospect of radioactive slag heaps from the soon-to-be-expanded Roxby Downs mine. It is planned to go from an underground mine to a massive four-kilometre-wide gaping hole in the earth. The slag heap from this mine will be a staggering 150 metres high and open to the elements, including the winds, which a few years ago carried enormous amounts of soil from the continent’s centre and deposited them onto each and every eastern seaboard resident.
There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this dust storm had contained within it radioactive dust straight out of Roxby Downs, which is only a couple of hundred kilometres from the city of Adelaide. According to experts such as Dr Helen Caldicott, a living organism need only be exposed to minute amounts of this dust to lay the foundations for future cancers and other nuclear-associated diseases such as leukemia.
Mike Mizzi, Tabulam