The Australian Greens have slammed the 11th hour approval of the Yeelirie Uranium Mine proposal in WA, labelling the decision as purely political and a slap in the face to traditional owners.
The mine had been recommended against by the West Australian EPA, a recommendation that was overruled by the then WA Liberal Government in 2017, shortly before losing power. The approval is currently being fought in the Supreme Court.
WA Greens MP for the Mining and Pastoral Region, Robin Chapple, said this decision showed a complete disregard for both the environment and for due process.
"The Liberal Party did the same thing before they lost here in WA in 2017, and it is clear that they will always pursue an anti-environment agenda no matter how inappropriately close to an election they are.
Greens Senator for WA Jordon Steele-John said:
"We saw a radical political decision made on the Adani mine, and now a radical political decision made on the Yeelirie Uranium Mine. This is a Government that has no regard whatsoever for traditional owners or the environment.
"Current WA law prevents the transport of radioactive waste, or the dumping of it, and there is no plan to deal with the obscene amounts of waste that this mine would create. This plan needs to be scrapped, and I am calling on the Labor party and both a state, and federal level, to review the approvals.
Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said:
"This is an appalling decision by an appalling Government. This mine will have devastating consequences for the environment and Government has ignored the wishes of Traditional Owners. Western Australia should not be treated as a backwater for secret political decisions. We will fight this decision as we have fought uranium mining in WA for decades.
“We need Greens in the Senate to stand up to Governments who side with their mining industry mates. We will always fight for restoring and protecting nature over opening up another destructive uranium mine.
“The ALP must commit to reversing this decision if they win power and Cameco is on notice that this decision will be fought."
Liam Carter (Chapple MLC) - 0449 151 490
Tim Oliver (Senator Steele-John) – 0448 316 387
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie (Senator Siewert) - 0418 401 180