Friday, July 27, 2007 at 10:16AM
We wrote yesterday about how the Commonwealth could overturn the state ban of mining uranium in Australia.
However, the Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie has retaliated to this threat in an interview on ABC radio.
Ian Macfarlane who is the Federal Resources Minister is preparing to take legal action to override the ban on uranium mining.
However, Mr Beattie has said he will call a referendum on the issue if the Federal Government takes any action. Premier Beattie said:
"It's just an attack on Labor, it's just an attack on two Labor states, that's all," he said.
"It's about trying to attack Labor administrations in the lead-up to the federal election.
"Australians see through this - this is the old three-card trick.
"Australians are not mugs. The Howard Government and Mr Macfarlane just think that Australians are silly. They're not."
We totally agree that Australians are not mugs and are not silly, but isn’t that a reason to push forward with uranium mining?
Surely the smart move is to open up the uranium mining industry and generate large tax revenues from the operation, especially with higher uranium prices, that will benefit Australians.
What do you think about this situation?