Media Release: Labor has it wrong on Beverley North uranium plan – WA Senator

Labor has it wrong on Beverley North uranium plan

Media Release – Wednesday December 8, 2010

The Australian Greens have condemned the Government’s decision to approve the plans of the US-owned company Heathgate to develop its Beverley North uranium project in South Australia.

The Greens spokesperson on mining and nuclear affairs, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the plan to mine the uranium deposit north of Heathgate’s existing Beverley mine would significantly extend the life of the troubled project.

“The longer Beverley operates the greater damage it will do to the local and regional groundwater system,” said Senator Ludlam.

“In 2002 there was a leak of 62,000 litres of radioactive fluid at Beverley mine followed by a separate leak of 6000 litres of a uranium-bearing brine solution. That same year a leak at Olympic Dam in South Australia released more than 420,000 litres of uranium mining slurry,” said Senator Ludlam.

"The Beverley mine is unique in Australia, in that strong acids are injected into the groundwater to dissolve the uranium, heavy metals and other radionuclides. The uranium is extracted at a small surface plant and then liquid radioactive wastes are reinjected into the groundwater.

"This project should never have been approved in the first place. Extending the life of the mine is effectively a licence for Heathgate to permanently contaminate a much larger body of groundwater.

Heathgate, part of General Atomics Resources, has said previously that it had found a ”significant” zone of uranium mineralisation in the northern tenements but has not released information on the size of the find.

“We don’t know how long this will extend the operating life of the mine, but another week is too long,” said Senator Ludlam. “The Government should be showing leadership and moving towards renewable sources of energy – rather than encouraging a dead-end industry that poisons the environment at every stage.”

Media contact – Giovanni Torre

Media release: National collaboration positions eating disorders as a key public health issue for Australia

Wednesday 8 December 2010

National collaboration positions eating disorders as a key

public health issue for Australia

With a two-fold increase in eating disorder behaviours in the past decade1 and data that suggests approximately 15% of Australian women develop a clinically significant eating disorder in their lifetime2, Australia’s response to eating disorders is set to be developed through a comprehensive national collaboration.

This week’s National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) workshop in Sydney brings together all stakeholders face to face to be involved in the development of a consistent national approach to eating disorders in Australia. The national strategy will vastly strengthen Australia’s capacity across the continuum of care and represents Australia’s groundbreaking initiative addressing eating disorders comprehensively on a national level. The strategy includes development of national clinical standards within the national framework, prevention and early intervention strategies, a web-based clearinghouse of evidence-based information, a social messaging strategy, and professional development resources.

Australian of the Year and Chair of the NEDC, Professor Pat McGorry AO, is keynote speaker at the NEDC workshop. He is committed to raising awareness of eating disorders as a serious mental health issue in Australia.

National Director of the NEDC and CEO of The Butterfly Foundation, Christine Morgan, said that eating disorders need to be recognised as a priority and mainstream health issue in Australia.

“Every Australian at risk of an eating disorder deserves access to an effective continuum of prevention, care and ongoing recovery support. They need a whole of community response that is based on continual research, clinical professional development, dedicated service, and awareness of the incidence and impact of eating disorders in the community,” said Ms Morgan.

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration brings together eating disorder stakeholders and experts in mental health, public health, health promotion, education, and research, as well as the media to help develop a nationally consistent approach to the prevention and management of eating disorders.

“Throughout phase one of the project, the Australian Government showed leadership by approaching eating disorders at a national level in a highly collaborative manner,” said Ms Morgan “and they are continuing in this leadership in this second phase.”

For people affected by an eating disorder, the impact of their condition is compounded by the illness that adversely affects both their physical and mental health.

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Media note: We encourage all media to include the following contact information for readers and audiences who are looking for support and more information. The Butterfly 1800 ED HOPE 1800 33 4673 or LifeLine 13 11 14

References:

1. Hay, P. J., Mond, J., Buttner, P., & Darby, A. (2008). Eating disorder behaviors are increasing: Findings from two sequential community surveys in South Australia. PLoS ONE, 3, e1541.

2. Wade, T. D., Bergin, J. L., Tiggemann, M., Bulik, C. M., & Fairburn, C. G. (2006). Prevalence and long-term course of lifetime eating disorders in an adult Australian twin cohort. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 121-128.

: Media Alert: WA Senator to hold Perth briefing on Federal carbon pricing

Greens Senator to hold Perth briefing on Federal carbon pricing

MEDIA ALERT –

Seats are filling fast for a public briefing to be held in Perth tomorrow (Wed 8 Dec) by Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam to explain the Greens’ involvement in and expectations of the Federal Climate Change Committee.

The free public forum will be held 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start in the auditorium of the Alexander State Library in Francis Street, Northbridge.

“We are at a critical point in the push for a carbon price in Australia, with the Prime Minister promising to deliver a price on carbon in 2011 and the Greens in the balance of power,” Senator Ludlam said. “Those who want strong action need to come together now if we are to make it a reality.”

Following the speech by Senator Ludlam, he and a panel of WA experts including Professor Ray Wills, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia; Irina Catalini, Director of Social Policy at the WA Council of Social Services; Steve Gates, Chair of Sustainable Energy Now Inc.; Robin Chapple MLC, Greens WA Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region; and Louise Morris, Campaigns Coordinator for the WA Conservation Council, will answer questions from the audience. The event will wind up at 7pm.

TO RSVP, or for more information and inquiries, please call Eloise Dortch on 0415 507 763 or email eloise.dortch

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