Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Uranium Mining Could Begin In Queensland

Published on Wednesday March 21 2012 (AEST)

The LNP and ALP candidates in Queensland's Mount Isa electorate both say their parties' opposition to uranium mining in the state could change.

The candidates were quizzed about their positions at an election debate held in Mount Isa last night.

Labor member Betty Kiernan says while her party opposes mining the mineral, there's no reason why the policy won't be overturned.

"Uranium's never going to be an easy issue," she said.

"Right now we have both major parties clearly saying they will not introduce uranium mining, but what's to say that won't change?

"If it means the sustainability of our region, governments will change their policy."

Rob Katter, the Katter's Party candidate for the electorate, made his position clear - if that party wins in Saturday's election, uranium mining would be legalized.

"I personally cannot see why we're not mining uranium in this area," he said.

"We've got a resource here that can generate wealth for our area, and I'm yet to see some solid rationale as to why we're not mining it."

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