Inquiry needed before uranium exploration licences issued: Greens

Greens MP and uranium spokesperson Jamie Parker has called for an inquiry into the impacts of uranium exploration and mining before any licences are issued.

The government's legislation allowing applications to be made for uranium exploration licenses was proclaimed today.

"The Minister is pushing ahead with the expansion of this industry after overturning the 26 year ban on uranium exploration in NSW just months ago, prompting widespread community condemnation.

“The Liberal government is ignoring the well-documented and devastating health, environmental and social impacts on workers and communities.

"The community must have its say on this dangerous industry which has had terrible and long-lasting impacts on communities across Australia.

“The government is deceiving the NSW public if it claims this is about exploration, not mining.

“I am calling for a comprehensive independent inquiry into the impacts and implications of uranium exploration and mining. The government must respond to community concerns and be transparent about how this industry will affect the people of NSW.

"I'm working closely with a coalition of community members, union representatives and activists to mobilise a campaign to stop this damaging industry,” Mr Parker said.

The NSW Uranium Free Charter has broad-based support with community members, unions and activists and is now open to be signed by individuals and organisations: lend your voice to the campaign here

Media contact: Alison Martin 9660 7586 or 0432 941 533

Watch Mr Parker's recent speech at a public meeting opposing uranium exploration and mining:

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