The Australian government has given the green light for a uranium mining and export industry.?
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SCU Mr. Doug Anthony Natural Resources Minister speaking to newsmen.
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REPORTER: "The Labour Party is going to continue the fight - there's no doubt about that. Tom Uren, the deputy leader of the Opposition told the demonstrators outside Parliament House that it would be a long struggle to reverse the government's decision. According to the organisers of this demonstration, the crowd was much smaller than they had hoped for. But they say it's simply the first of the many. The protests aren't going to go away. The government, though, believes they will once the economic benefits start flowing through."
ANTHONY: "I think all of us in the government who have been involved with this issue for quite some time have a sense of satisfaction in the statements that have been made today. These statements with a high degree of sense of responsibility to the international community and also to Australia to ensure that we make the correct decisions. Basically, we've looked at all aspects very thoroughly and I believe this is a comprehensive report which any Australian with a sense of responsibility should be able to accept."
REPORTER: "The only activity at the Ranger site today was contract drilling....for fresh ore samples in the heart of the uranium number one pit. Thirty five metres down they removed a core which told them how valuable and how pure the ore really is in the 800 square metre primary area. The darker variety is heavy. This relatively small rock weighs the equivalent of four housebricks. The other is a clay-coloured secondary uranium-bearing rock and is quite light by comparison."
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REPORTER: JIM WALEY
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Background: The Australian government has given the green light for a uranium mining and export industry. Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser made the announcement in the Australian capital of Canberra on Thursday (25 August) which cleared the way for development of the immensely rich uranium province in Australia's Northern Territory. It is estimated that uranium will earn Australia about 20,000 million dollars by the end of the century and create half a million jobs as the industry develops. But the Prime Minister's announcement was immediately followed by a warning from the Labour Opposition that mining companies that defied Labour's policy could expect no mercy from them when they returned to power. Labour opts for a two year moratorium on uranium development to allow further public debate on the subject. Various demonstrations in protest of the government's decision were held in Australia, including one in Canberra, as Jim Waley, of Channel Nine, reports.