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Now that Australia is destined to have nuclear submarines powered by highly enriched uranium, it is salutary to note that nuclear waste remains lethal for such a very long time that the US Department of Energy considered setting up an atomic priesthood!

Semiotic specialist, Thomas Sebeok, came up with this idea because of the improbability that humans living 10,000 years from now would understand our languages. The way to overcome this, he says, is to use legend and ritual to create a kind of Stonehenge administered by an atomic priesthood who would see to it ‘that our warning, as embodied in the cumulative series of metamessages, is to be heeded – if not for legal reasons, then . . . with perhaps the veiled threat that to ignore the mandate would be tantamount to inviting some sort of supernatural retribution.’

No doubt Pentecostalist Mr Morrison and many of his cabinet will have no difficulty in selecting candidates for the atomic priesthood!

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay

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  1. Dumping of spent uranium is only one issue of the nuclear debate. Nuclear Subs. are attack weapons and while ScoMo assures us that they will be armed with non
    Nuclear rockets when the “chips” are down they will be under the US strategic command and part of their war plan against China. Apart from the cost and no or very little local labor input these very dangerous weapons are beyond the inept Leadership in Canberra to handle. It seems that IF we are able to get through Climate Change
    we are facing the prospect of being destroyed in a Nuclear war. Not much of a legacy to leave to our grandkids

  2. Before all of the anti-nuclear brigade get their nickers in a knot, you should realize that this whole brain fart by Morrison may never eventuate. Greg Sheridan the political editor of Murdoch’s Australian newspaper is of the opinion that it’s nothing more than a massive jingoistic announcement to hoodwink the voters. Who knows, but Sheridan has never been anti-nuclear or anti-Coalition and I think we all know Morrison’s MO by now, just observe how suddenly Morrison has changed tack about net-zero emissions when his back is against the wall. One thing is certain, most people over 60 will probably never see Australian nuclear powered submarines.


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