Bombs versus dollars

When it comes to uranium mining, in some ways it is an old argument that hasn't moved on much. On one end are those who are concerned about safety from an industrial and military perspective, and on the other are those who see a dollar to be earned.

The Leximancer Map scopes out the landscape pretty well.

Uranium Leximancer

At the top are those who support lifting the ban, and they stress commercial concepts seeing uranium as a resource to be exploited. There is some concern about safety issues amongst these respondents, and some of them would definitely prefer to see it used overseas. They often express concern that Australia is being inconsistent with some states mining, and others not, and also figure that if Australia does not export uranium, overseas countries will get it somewhere else for no net benefit.

At the bottom you can see concerns about radioactivity, Fukushima and weapons. There is also a moral counter argument to the view that someone will supply uranium to the world, which is "Let them. That's their problem, we should leave it in the ground".

I've put some verbatims below to give you a better feel for what people are saying.

First

Pref

Lift ban

Reason

Age

Sex

Pcode

ALP

A

Uranium mining is allowed in other States, it is inconsistent to retain the ban in Qld. Commercial realities will decide whether uranium mining actually occcurs, eg. after the decline in nuclear energy after Fujiyama. ALP has been wary of nuclear energy but this needs rethinking with need to reduce fossil fuels for energy generation, nuclear energy under appropriate safeguards can supply some (not all) of baseload requirements.

65-74

M

4069

ALP

SA

There's enough mining going on in Qld, there isn't a high demand for uranium and mining it is not particularly economical so it's would introduce another nasty mining product without good prospect of success

55-64

F

4101

ALP

SA

1. It's a silent slow killer of those exposed, and their offspring. This is known!! eventually liability will be proven, compensation will rightly be claimed2.storage of waste and the prevention of procurement of precursors for nuc weapons cannot be guarranteed so again liability will be sought3. We are the sunshine state, and looking very foolish when we seek to use non-renewable dangerous enerfgy sources instead ofall the free renewables. Of course, govts want to make money from exports despite the danger uranium poses(integrity NOT)

55-64

F

4068

ALP

SD

Mining has destroyed enough of our environment,and our environment needs to be protected from the ongoing damage and pollution caused by some of these mines and mining companies.There is enough mining and mines we simply do not need any more

55-64

M

4659

ALP

SD

Nuclear energy is not safe and cannot be made safe, eg, Fukushima.

55-64

M

4878

ALP

SD

There are safe renewable energy sources to nuclear power so to mine uranium to sell for a profit is immoral. The permanent problems of disposal of waste, the dangers to workers mining uranium and the end result of nuclear weapons all point in one direction KEEP URANIUM IN THE GROUND!

55-64

F

4502

BKAP

A

For export only. Good income earner.Thorough safety and enviromental investigations MUST apply.

55-64

M

4552

BKAP

D

Whilst the mining of uranium would continue to give a boost to Australia's minerals exports there is such a huge risk to the world from nuclear power. Japan have just announced they are going to phase out nuclear power.Until such time as we can be assured (not from lying governments) that nuclear energy is safe we should not mine uranium.

65-74

M

4070

BKAP

SD

The state is already being torn apart by CSG and other forms of mining. There has been talk of opening up parts of the GB Reef to mining.Farmers are more and more beleaguered. I do not think the state needs yet another form of mining. Sometimes there are more important concerns than money.

35-44

F

 

BKAP

A

When you look at the polluting potential of uranium against - say - oil there is no comparison

65-74

M

 

BKAP

N

jobs for qld but protect environment

45-54

F

4745

BKAP

SA

money for australians

55-64

M

4123

BKAP

SD

Uranium is used for a lot more than making weapons which has practically ceased anyway.

65-74

M

4285

BKAP

A

Why not mine Uranium? It may stop them raping our land of all the coal. Has to be safer than coal seam gas!!!!!

45-54

M

4055

BKAP

SA

Australia should make maximum use of its massive uranium reserves whilst it can and should enrich its uranium. There needs to be more public education on the subject to get away from "one flash and your ash" fears.  Rising powers in the world need certain sources of energy, uranium will be it.

65-74

M

4702

BKAP

SD

Hasn't there been enough radiation out in the atmosphere from Chernobyl and Fukishima poisoning everything with out adding more to have the same disastrous effect.

65-74

F

4850

Grn

SA

The nuclear cycle is dangerous and unnecessary if we haven't learnt the lesson now from Fukishimna then there clearly is no hope. Plus uranium extraction is extremely expensive and carbon intensive and therefore is NOT a sustainable energy solution as the industry attempts to mythologise

25-34

M

4065

Grn

SD

Because Uranium KILLS!!!Have you heard of a place called FUKOSHIMA??????

45-54

F

2481

Grn

SD

There should be a ban on mining uranium in Australia.  Until a long term safe means of disposal of the spoils is found, until a safe way of using uranium, especially with fracking occuring all over now, there should be no mining or use of uranium.

65-74

F

4870

Ind

SD

The future is renewable, simple as that. Nuclear power perhaps solves some short-term economic problems but the cost of a single Chernobyl or Fukushima negates this value, not just for the country involved but for the region and related trading sectors which suffer the long-lasting flow-on effects. Similarly it is not good enough to say we do not want nuclear power on our soil but provide other nations with the means through uranium mining. This is immoral and short-sighted.

35-44

M

4066

LNP

A

Only Qld and NSW oppose it, and NSW has no available ore. As a power source it emits no CO2 and has potential $300billion earnings. Safety in mining, transport and use is heavily regulated. Australia holds some 28% of world's available uranium.

75+

M

4053

LNP

SA

After coal, it is the cheapest way of producing peak load electricity. It is safe these days because of developments in reactors.

65-74

M

4879

LNP

SA

The State and private enterprise should be allowed to make money from mining uranium. Stupid ideological claptrap should not trump jobs and growth.

45-54

M

4520

LNP

SA

Australian uranium is already being exported under Federal guidelines.  Queensland is missing out of a valuable revenue stream with the ore locked in the ground.  Regulate its sales, put in all the safeguards you want, but dig it up, and sell it.  Maybe we could have the debate about nuclear power for Australia while we are at it.  Surely it is time to consider using nuclear energy in Australia as it is used in other parts of the world - safely and cleanly. 

65-74

F

4070

LNP

SA

if we are to believe the mostly crap about anthropogenic climate change then surely nuclear energy must be a strong contender to take a lead role in providing energy for the world in the future.

65-74

M

4735

LNP

SA

Why not?  I just don't understand why we wouldn't try and take advantage of a resource we are lucky enough to have in abundance. It seems the decision to not allow Uranium mining is based solely on political ideals, rather than pragmatic reasons.  I have had enough of our elected officials making decisions that are more about them staying in office, rather than legitimate reasons.

45-54

M

4060

LNP

SD

Given stringent safety for the production and storage of uranium I think it is an important product to be used in development of our energy

45-54

F

4518

LNP

U

I can see an economic benefit but haven't yet heard whether waste would be an issue + would we be harming the coal & LNG industries? I would like to see a long-term strategy though.

55-64

F

4053

LNP

N

If mining of any description doesn't impinge upon National Parks or prime agricultural land, it should be allowed to go ahead as we need the products being mined. Uranium, whether people like it or not, is essential for medical use and must be produced somewhere. Use of uranium for nuclear power should be discussed as Britain has been safely using nuclear power for many years now, but the discussion needs to include the safe disposal of waste before mining can begin. Do we have a sensible enough government to do all this properly?

65-74

F

4559

LNP

SA

I don't believe in the danger of CO2, but I do believe in saving gas & oil for industrial processes, & transport. Thus we should be using coal & nuclear for power generation, & nuclear should be powering our ships. The US navy has proved a bunch of half trained dills can run self contained plants without trouble.

65-74

M

4270

LNP

SD

I am NOT a Greenie, but I believe that Uranium should NOT be mined until the world finds a safe way to dispose of the very dangerous waste products.

65-74

M

4621

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