WA Parties Battle Over Uranium Mining
Source: au.news.yahoo.com (8/26/08)
West Australian Labor has sought to capitalise on community concern over uranium mining, promising to introduce legislation banning the controversial practice if re-elected next month.
Premier Alan Carpenter has consistently opposed uranium mining but until last week maintained there was no need for legislation.
Mr Carpenter said he had changed his mind after talking with groups opposed to uranium mining who convinced him of the need to enshrine the policy in law.
"Rather than it now be left to the whim or the will of the premier of the day, it should be subject to the parliament of Western Australia ," Mr Carpenter told reporters.
"We will ban, by legislation, the mining of uranium in Western Australia and instead we will drive 100 per cent renewable energy production."