Media reports today that the Queensland Labor Government proposes to reinstate a ban on uranium mining is disappointing but not surprising.
Before rushing to a decision, we would ask the government to consult the QRC and companies with uranium interests on its intentions concerning uranium.
This new Labor government has the opportunity to take advantage of the excellent work undertaken by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines in the past few years to develop a world-leading regulatory framework for assessing and overseeing uranium mining projects.
Rather than a blanket ban, the better option would be to judge each project on its merits and against the regulatory framework for uranium.
Reimposition of a blanket ban on uranium mining will come as a particular disappointment to the people of north-west Queensland who rightly see uranium mining as a valuable new jobs generator for the region.
An option open to the government is only to consider uranium mining projects in the north west of the state where some of the most valuable uranium deposits are located.
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