INTRODUCTION: In Australia, a number of organisations, including the opposition Labour Party and the trade unions, have been protesting against their government's signing an agreement to sell uranium to France.
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(SEQ 7) HALFPENNY: "It is probably the most irresponsible decision the government has made in its uranium policy. To sell uranium to a country like France, which is the most irresponsible of all the nuclear powers, is something that shouldn't be tolerated. I think the union movement ought to take specific action to prevent the sale of the passage of, or the transfer of, uranium to France. I think we should seek the support of the international trade union movement in the Pacific region, and even in Europe, in an effort to try and prevent that from happening. Because France is the nuclear power which is an immediate threat to Australia, because they are using the Pacific -- our waters if you like -- as a nuclear playground."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Australia, a number of organisations, including the opposition Labour Party and the trade unions, have been protesting against their government's signing an agreement to sell uranium to France. The Australian government announced the signing on Wednesday (8 January). The agreement opened the path for Australia to sell uranium directly to France, and sales could begin within a year. It was the first agreement Australia has signed allowing for spent uranium to be reprocessed into plutonium, the substance needed in fast breeder reactors. It's also the raw material for nuclear weapons. The deputy leader of the Labour Party Mr. Lionel Bowen, said it would be impossible to police the safeguards that the Australian government had demanded to ensure the plutonium would be used only for peaceful purposes.
The Australian deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Doug Anthony had said the agreement with France was good news for the mining industry. It should that uranium mining and export had become facts of life in Australia. Mr. Anthony said he expected the government would give the go-ahead to new projects, including tapping the huge Jabiluka deposit in Australia's Northern Territory. There've been years of delay on wide-spread mining in Australia, which is estimated to have 20 percent of the world's easily recoverable reserves of uranium. The new agreement calls for the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor French use of the deal was the Victorian secretary of the Amalgamated Metal workers and Shipwrights Union, Mr. John Halfpenny, who addressed a news conference in Melbourne.