Elephant cuts through election nuclear mumbo-jumbo

The Coalition’s federal election campaign headquarters will be put on the map today with a massive white elephant set to be inflated at the Melbourne CBD location.

Friends of the Earth

Media Release: Monday 12th November
Elephant cuts through election nuclear mumbo-jumbo

The Coalition’s federal election campaign headquarters will be put on the map today with a massive white elephant set to be inflated at the Melbourne CBD location.

"We are calling on the Coalition to say where the 25 nuclear reactors they have been talking up would be sited and what do they plan to do with 45,000 tonnes of high level nuclear waste that the reactors would produce" said Michaela Stubbs from Friends of the Earth.

‘Ziggy’- the 9.5 m long inflatable white elephant is a national initiative of community and environment groups to highlight that nuclear power is an expensive white elephant with no place in Australia’s energy future.

Today’s action draws attention to the Coalition’s continuing silence during the federal election campaign on its pro-nuclear plans.

“The PM and senior Coalition members are all avoiding the “N” word – even though they have been actively promoting all things nuclear for the past two years,” said Friends of the Earth campaigner, Michaela Stubbs.

“Increasingly we are seeing splits in the Coalition ranks and silence from the Coalition leadership on their nuclear policies.

A bigger nuclear industry, nuclear power and growing volumes of radioactive waste pose serious environmental, health and security concerns for all Australians. All political parties should have the courage and respect to disclose their nuclear plans to the community ahead of the election.”

Friends of the Earth has assessed the nuclear policies of all the political parties and rated their performance at www.votenuclearfree.net .

The Coalition has not met any of the 18 key assessment criteria, Labor has scraped a pass and the Greens and Democrats share the highest rating.
 
What: A large inflatable white elephant outside the Coalition’s federal election campaign centre

Where: 120 Collins St, Melbourne.

When: 8am Monday November 12

For information and comment:

Michaela Stubbs – Friends of the Earth: 0429 136 935
Jessica Morrison – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: 0431 519 577