Right now Australia has the nuclear debate on top of the public agenda,as a response to climate crisis and a Federal election next year.. The Australian Uranium Mining and Nuclear Energy Review, commissioned by the Howrd Government recently, headed up by an American corporate head-banger called Ziggy, fresh from CEO-ing the privitisation of Telstra ustralia …has just reported that we could have 50 nuclear reactors by 2050. Australians are cautious, selling uranium to india and China is one thing, but…who is putting up their hand to have the first nuke thermal-electric station in their backyard?
Australia is experiencing the greatest drought since European colonisation - Al Gore’s roadshow and movie has made a huge impact… the Australian Labour party has (Dec 06) dumped its middle-of-the-road leader Beazley, and elected a dynamic progressive duo : Leader is now Kevin Rudd (a Progressive Christian/Anglican , intellectual, foreign policy wonk) and a single career politician, deputy leader Julia Gillard.
Peter Garrett, former lawyer and leader of the anti-nuke rock group Midnight Oil, who Rudd has appointed Shadow Environment Minister,could be - I hope - in Government this time next year, after October General Elections. The Times are A’Changing. Keep up the inspiring work to wind down this nuclear age, you guys in the Land of the Free.
We’ll continue doing our best to create a stir.]]>
“Let me conclude by appealing to young people everywhere, since there are -– I am glad to see –- so many of them here today.
My dear young friends, you are already admirably engaged in the struggle for global development, for human rights and to protect the environment. Please bring your energy and imagination to this debate. Help us to seize control of the rogue aircraft on which humanity has embarked, and bring it to a safe landing before it is too late.”
I would say that the students in the Coalition to Demilitarize UC already got the message!!]]>
Here on this coast of the Atlantic Ocean, we would enjoy hearing more on the US disaster at Forward Base Falcon in Baghdad on 10th October 2006.]]>