McGrady Backs Uranium Push

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Tony McGrady said the change in the federal ALP policy on uranium mining before last month's election opened the way for Queensland to become a key player on the global uranium market...

The State Government is under pressure to scrap bans on uranium mining in a high stakes push led by former Labor party heavyweight Tony McGrady.

The Mount Isa-based former "Minister for Everything" is on the payroll of Toronto-based resources company Laramide Ltd and has emerged as a key player in the international bid to get the Bligh Government to overturn the bans.

But the former Mines Minister who retired after 17 years as a state MP in September last year denied he would use his influence to exact change in the Queensland ALP.

"No-one owes me any favours. I will simply go in and talk and explain the wisdom of adopting a policy of allowing uranium mines," Mr McGrady said.

He said the change in the federal ALP policy on uranium mining before last month's election opened the way for Queensland to become a key player on the global uranium market...

Figures show 251 uranium prospecting licences have been issued in resource-rich Queensland.

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