Commonwealth Could Overturn State Law on Uranium Mining in Australia

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It looks as if the states may not even be in a position to stop uranium mining if the Commonwealth pushes to overturn the ban.

We are of the opinion that it is a question of when, not if, Australia’s states (such as Queensland) allow uranium mining. However it looks as if the states may not even be in a position to stop uranium mining if the Commonwealth pushes to overturn the ban.

Professor Greg Craven, a constitutional law expert from Curtin University, said that Federal Government could legally override the State Government on the issue of uranium mining.

Ian Macfarlane is the Federal Resources Minister and he said that the Commonwealth is considering overriding the State Government ban on the mining of yellowcake...“Australia needs to ensure that we are the suppliers of uranium to the world on the basis that we have in place the strictest safeguards to ensure that the uranium is only used for peaceful purposes,” he said.

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