Australian uranium supply to be discussed in Senate

THE Greens have used the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to call on both major parties to take responsibility for the consequences of Australian uranium exports.

Senator Scott Ludlam said he would give notice of a motion in the Senate on Tuesday proposing an immediate review of uranium supply agreements to assess the risk of future disasters in customer countries.

"Australian uranium was in each of the reactors at Fukushima on March 11, 2011.

"Two years on, there are still 160,000 displaced people unable to return home, and the plants have now become an open-ended liability," Senator Ludlam said.

The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant meltdown - the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986 - came after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed large parts of the Japanese coast.



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