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Howard has decided to create a nuclear Australia

Howard has decided to create a nuclear Australia, and wedge Labor - Brown

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has decided to create a nuclear Australia, Greens leader Bob Brown said today.

"This is an arrogant, in-your-face decision with no mandate from the
Australian voters," Senator Brown said.

"His call for a public debate is a sham. He's made up his mind. He controls the Senate. Australia is being catapulted into an age of nuclear reactors, waste dumping and weaponry because of money and corporate greed. It has all to do with making money from uranium and zilch to do with defending us from global warming," Senator Brown said.

"John Howard is in Canada to promote uranium mining, while back home he has defunded solar energy research. The government's support for the coal industry comes at the expense of the renewable energy industry, which has condemned the government's refusal to extend the mandatory renewable energy target," Senator Brown said.

"The Greens will mount a vigorous campaign against turning Australia into a combined nuclear mine and waste dump."

"But you can't help seeing that Mr Howard's announcement is to wedge Labor on its way to next year's federal election. Labor is about to suffer nuclear fission," Senator Brown said.

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