Friday, August 05, 2005
It looks like miners may have another go at destroying Kakadu. Almost certainly, ERA will have another crack at opening Jabiluka. Again, the Mirra people will have mobilise to protect their beautiful country. ERA's record, along with that of the Office of the Supervising Scientist, in protecting Kakadu and the Magella Creek system from spills is poor. My own view is shifting as more information becomes available on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. The problem with uranium is waste - its security and its disposal. So the jury will be out for quite a whiile. Perhaps, the Oz Feds interest in uranium mining would be more tolerable if the foundation of that interest was Australia and a search for clean fuel. It is not - it is doing this in China's interest and the interest of mining companies. Any doubt that this is the case has been wiped away by the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. So Mammon will spread its destruction again. Not only that, it challenges our very sovreignty. The dominance of China and the US in our trade and international interests makes issues like republicanism, the monarchy and even Aboriginal sovreignty look as though they have Mickey Mouse status.