Uranium Mining Policy 1977

URANIUM MINING

AGM. 29.10.77.

The Council for Civil Liberties regrets the decision of the Federal Government to proceed forthwith with the development of an Australian Uranium Mining and Exporting Industry.

The Council for Civil Liberties expresses its opposition to Part VI of the Atomic Energy Act 1953 and the Approved Defence Projects Act 1949 particularly Section 41. These provisions were a potential but drastic threat to freedom of speech and dissemination of opinion and knowledge relating to nuclear knowledge as well as to accepted principles of criminal justice. The recent decision to step up the mining and export of Australian Uranium has made these threats real and the Council for Civil Liberties urges the repeal of these provisions.