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Archive for July 20th, 2011
MEDIA: Greens: Uranium conference should focus on waste management, as there’s no future for the industry
Robin Chapple MLC
Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region
Greens: Uranium conference should focus on waste management, as there’s no future for the industry
20 July 2011
Greens MLC Robin Chapple will address the Australian Uranium Conference on Thursday 21 August, at Fremantle.
A long-time opponent of the nuclear industry, Mr Chapple will present his views to the conference, and has also invited Koara Traditional Owner Richard Evans to join him on stage.
Mr Evans is a traditional owner from the lands of the proposed BHP Yeelirrie Uranium mine. He is a spokesperson for the WA Nuclear Free Alliance.
Mr Chapple will highlight analysis of the uranium industry showing that uranium is a highly risky investment, with the nuclear power industry going backwards in previous years, and now stopped in its tracks by the disastrous experience at Fukushima.
“In 2008 no new nuclear energy facility was started up, seven new plants were added in 2009 – 2010, and 11 were shut down over that period. The shutdown trend will continue as engineering evaluations demand that the plants from the 60s and 70s are closed, said Mr Chapple.
“The alternative, renewable energy, is booming across the world, and has a bright future as a sustainable energy source.
“Uranium mining is inherently dangerous to its workforce. It leaves toxic radioactive waste behind. At best the ore is utilized in nuclear energy production, with catastrophic consequences such as those at Fukushima. At worst the ore makes its way into nuclear weapons – wielded by hostile states or terrorists.
“The nuclear industry has no rational future, other than the eternal waste management task ahead.” concluded Mr Chapple.
Mr Chapple will be available for media comment outside the Fremantle Esplanade Hotel from 8:15am Thursday 21 July, where he will then address the protest gathering outside the conference. He will address conference delegates in the afternoon session.
For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255
Office of Robin Chapple MLC
Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region
PO Box 94, West Perth WA 6872
Direct line (08) 9486 9965 | Fax (08) 9486 8355 | Email kate.davis |
Group buying sites spark boom in unneeded treatments
Consumer health website, www.itsmyhealth.com.au reports that the new craze for coupons from group buying websites is fuelling a boom in unnecessary medical procedures and encouraging beauty treatment companies to flout advertising regulations.
Coupon websites such as Scoopon and Jump On It have soared in popularity in recent months. They allow companies to offer discounts on products ranging from food to photography to holidays – provided a certain number of people sign up.
Anti-wrinkle injections, laser treatments and micordermabrasion are among the cosmetic procedures being offered online, and The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australia recently hit out at these websites, claiming that they raise legal and ethical problems by promoting discounted cosmetic procedures.
Moreover, many coupons require users to pay for their procedure in advance of a face-to-face consultation, giving little opportunity to determine whether or not it is appropriate for the individual.
The full article is available at http://www.itsmyhealth.com.au/healthy-living/news/coupons-spark-boom-in-unneeded-treatments.
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|Emergency SOS! Save Our Sea Shepherd Ship!
I need your help to free our flagship the Steve Irwin.
Our vessel has been detained by the United Kingdom courts because of a civil lawsuit brought against Sea Shepherd by a Maltese company: Fish and Fish Limited (F & F).
Back in June 2010, the Steve Irwin rescued endangered bluefin tuna from F & F nets. They are claiming damages. We believe these fish were caught illegally – after the season closed, without an inspector on board, and without any legal paperwork for their catch. This lawsuit gives us the opportunity to expose what we allege are illegal activities by F & F and we will aggressively defend the case on this basis.
But, unless we immediately post a bond for USD$1,411,692.87, the Steve Irwin will be held or possibly sold.
As you may know, the Steve Irwin must sail immediately to protect endangered pilot whales in the Faeroe Islands. Then we sail onto the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to stop the murderous Japanese whaling fleet.
I urge you to help Save Our Shiptoday! We need to raise USD$1,411,692.87 by next week! Gifts are coming in, but there’s a long way to go. Your gift is essential to save endangered whales.
You’ve already helped save thousands of whales and untold numbers of other marine creatures. But unless we get our ship back, a lot of whales will die tragic and needless deaths.
Please help free the Steve Irwin so we can return to sea, doing what we do best – defending life in our oceans.
I urge you to send the largest gift you can today – your gift is incredibly important and will make a difference.
Never has the need for your help and support been greater.
For Our Oceans and for the Steve Irwin,