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AS SCOOP WENT to press the nuclear debate
bubbled on, with the UK announcing a massive
expansion of its nuclear energy capabilities with 10
new nuclear plants to be built across the country,
providing up to 40 percent of the country's electric-
ity needs by 2025. The government cited concerns
about climate change as well as energy security.
Meanwhile, the Australian Federal Opposition
emissions trading spokesman Ian Macfarlane has
described carbon capture and storage technology as
unviable. While he says for now gas is the best
option for clean energy "in the longer term Australia
will, like all our other economic partners, need to
Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson
continues to maintain Australian will not need
WA's first uranium mine will soon become a real-
ity after a mining lease was granted in October to
Mega Uranium, a Canadian company, for its Lake
Maitland project in the east Pilbara which is be-
lieved to have 3.6 million tonnes of uranium, which
will be mined using a low-cost open-pit method.
Meanwhile in the US officials were investigating a
Edox Ice Shark winner
Thanks to everyone who sent in entries to our
great Swiss watch competition.
Readers had some fantastic ideas for future articles
for Scoop, and our Portfolio men's section in
But there could only be one winner and Subiaco's
Yvonne Parnell is the lucky recipient of a fantastic
limited edition Edox Class-1 Ice Shark watch,
valued at $2800.
Our sincere thanks to Edox. For more on the
latest men's watches, see Norman Burns' TickTalk
column this issue (page 94).
radiation leak at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.
In late November the State Government released
a discussion paper -- The Strategic Energy Initiative
2030 -- aimed at securing WA's energy needs for the
next 20 years.
It cited WA's reliance on a single gas transmission
line, ageing electricity networks and rising energy
costs as the biggest challenges facing the sector.
Energy Minister Peter Collier said that since renew-
able energy only made up four percent of power
supplies, the Commonwealth's 20 percent renewable
energy target by 2020 will be a tough ask. "Most of
our renewable energy sources come from wind and
we've got to move beyond wind. We've got to look
at things like geothermal, wave power, solar and of
course a lot of those new energy supplies are in their
infancy," he reportedly said.
Public submissions are invited on the initiative,
which can be seen at the office of energy website,
until the end of February. (energy.wa.gov.au)
I HAVE JUST read your interesting article re The
Power of Many in the spring edition of Scoop.
You bring up many issues concerning the meth-
ods of the social democratic form of "govern-
ment" we follow here in Australia and WA.
Basically we live in a "POLITOCRACY"
which by my definition is "attempted govern-
ment by politicians".
We have a situation where mainly unquali-
fied people are charged with making complex
decisions (usually out of their area of expertise
Their decisions are made at times with ul-
terior motives such as "how many votes can be
gained" or "how many votes will not be lost" by
making such and such a decision. This causes
decisions to be made on less than adequate
grounds. Case in point: The development of
Gorgon Gas project based on Barrow Island.
No one (or few) dispute/s that the project
should go ahead. But why locate in a very,
very sensitive environmental area to save $130
million out of $40 billion or so (0.33 percent of
the total)? Then the project owners will spend
$65 million on environmental protection. The
WA Government overrode the objections of
the EPA approved the project (as did Peter Gar-
rett). (I could go on and on with this one but...)
Then there are concerns with the WA
politicians dealing with Indigenous population
issues. Throwing vast sums of money hasn't
Well, yep, money is not the issue; giving
these people a "sense of place" is the challenge.
~ David Karr (by email)
IN NOVEMBER a volunteer medical team from the
WA Surgical mission went to Tanzania to complete
the Rafiki project's third mission for the year.
Working at the Mission Mikocheni Hospital in
Dar es Salaam, the team repaired congenital facial
deformities and burns injuries for patients from
the extremely poor rural areas near Lake Victoria
in East Africa.
The team -- of two surgeons, two anaesthetists
and five theatre, recovery and ward nurses -- car-
ried out 58 operations during their stay, on patients
ranging in age from 15 months to their late 50s.
This latest mission is the 10th overall, and takes the
total number of operations to more than 650.
Didier Murcier from Volunteer Surgical Mission
Australia Tanzania said the team reported that one
of the most pleasing things about this latest mission
was the participation by local Tanzanian doctors and
nurses keen to improve their skills and knowledge.
For more information, go to asanterafiki.com.
PICTURE Norman Burns
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