Rudd, Garrett to fight on uranium
LABOR leader Kevin Rudd and his new environment spokesman look to be shaping up for a fight on uranium.
Mr Rudd and former rock star Peter Garrett today visited Bundaberg, Queensland, to highlight the dangers of climate change and erosion.
Mr Garrett said he would argue against an expansion of uranium mining when Labor debates changing its ”no new mines” policy at next April’s national conference.
He said today at Bargara beach, outside Bundaberg, that he would abide by party policy on uranium mining, but his views on uranium were well known.
But speaking later today, Mr Rudd said his position was also clear.
”I think our existing three mines or no new mines policy needs to be changed and there are good reasons for that,” he told ABC Radio.
”If investors come in (and open up new mines when Labor is not in government) they’ve got to know that in the future their investment would be secure.”
He reaffirmed Labor’s position that it would not allow nuclear reactors to be built.