WHAT: Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon and Andre Lariviere of the large French organisation Réseau Sortir du Nucleaire, a French NGO representing over 900 anti nuclear organisations, are keynote speakers at the Hiroshima Day rally tomorrow Saturday August 6 (details below).
WHEN: 11am Friday 5 August 2011
WHERE: Pollies tree, back of NSW Parliament.
Senator Rhiannon and Mr Lariviere are keynote speakers at the rally being held on Saturday marking the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
It is 66 years since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and five months since the nuclear crisis began at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
Frenchmen André Larivière and Francois Mativet are visiting Sydney on their way to the nine week 'Walk away from Uranium Mining' in Western Australia.
They will discuss the effect of Fukushima on the nuclear industry.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said, "It is very important that we mark the first use of atomic bombs on civilian populations, to remember those killed and to raise our voices in opposition to the nuclear industry.
"What has happened in Japan is a sad reminder of the capacity for disaster in any nuclear project.
"Climate change has reopened the debate around nuclear energy, but what has happened in Japan reminds us that the lid must be kept firmly on any expansion of this incredibly dangerous industry.
Australia exports uranium to TEPCO, the company operating the crippled Fukushima plant.
Waste from the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor is being reprocessed in France and is due back from mid 2015.
The federal government is attempting to build a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty in the Northern Territory. This plan is highly contentious.
Community pressure in the last few months has seen governments and mining companies forced to walk away from uranium mining at Arkaroola (SA) and Yeelirrie (WA) and abandon contentious acid heap leach trials at Ranger in the NT.
The Greens oppose the mining of uranium and were critical of the suggestion this week the NSW government might consider lifting the ban on uranium mining in the state.
Hiroshima Day Rally 2pm, Saturday August 6 Belmore Park www.hiroshimacommittee.org
Andre Lariviere and Francois Mativet, Sortir Du Nucleaire (France)
Lee Rhiannon, Greens Senator for NSW
Dr Wahid Razi, Afghani academic
Warren Smith, Maritime Union of Australia
Mrs Tomoko Shiine, 311 Sydney campaign for nuclear free
Councillor John McInerney, Sydney City Council
Natalie Wasley, Beyond Nuclear Initiative
Performance by Soleluna, Rindou (Taiko drum) and Hokkai Soran (dance)