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US President Barack Obama
has re-ignited the nuclear debate
in the US with his decision to
commit $US8.3 billion in loan
guarantees to help build two
nuclear reactors in Georgia and
restart the American nuclear
power industry. (Nuclear
Reactions, Scoop, Spring 2009).
No reactors have been
commissioned in the USA since the Three Mile
Island accident in 1979 but around 100 ageing
reactors supply one-fifth of that nation s electricity.
President Obama has long supported nuclear
power as part of a mix of energy sources to try to
lower greenhouse emissions and made the latest
announcements after his cap and trade emissions
legislation became bogged down in Congress.
But his decision has been greeted with dismay
by some environmentalists.
Tennis comp winner
Congratulations to Gina Hatcher, of Denmark,
winner of our summer edition competition for
a great Prince tennis racquet and bag valued at
$500. Gina correctly answered that WA's Casey
Dellacqua reached the fourth round of the 2008
Thanks to all who entered and to Tennis Only's
Hayden Gibson for supplying the prizes.
Meanwhile Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd has again ruled out
a civil nuclear power industry
in this country, saying Australia
led the world in coal carbon
capture and storage, crucial to
bringing down greenhouse gas
But the chairman of the
Australian Nuclear Science
and Technology Organisation,
Ziggy Switkowski, says he
expects Australian public opinion will soon favour
nuclear power and the government would feel
"more comfortable about endorsing discussion of
nuclear power as part of a longer-term national
Australian Workers Union national secretary
Paul Howes says he believes Australia should
investigate nuclear energy but the "political reality"
was that no party would go to the next election
with the issue as part of its policy platform.
Perth city plans
Late last year the State Government released the
latest plans for the development of the Perth CBD
The development will cover nearly10ha be-
tween Barrack and William streets, with a 2.8ha
inlet that will bring the river back to near its
original shoreline. The inlet will be surrounded by
Perth to mature as a vibrant, sophisticated capital
city, providing an attraction for locals and tourists."
The government says that by removing a
section of Riverside Drive, the development will
encourage the use of public transport through the
Esplanade train station, Busport and ferry services.
"The development is designed for pedestrians
and cyclists -- not cars. It will be an attractive des-
tination for families, young people, city workers,
national and international tourists and seniors to
gather and enjoy," Mr Barnett said.
The proposals have the support of Perth City
Council and Mr Barnett said he would also ask the
private sector and the Federal Government to
support the plans for the riverfront.
Preliminary works would begin as soon as
possible, with major construction starting
landscaped terraces, boardwalks and promenades,
and fringed by shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and
"The Swan River -- our greatest natural asset
-- is effectively cut-off from the city by Riverside
Drive and by an expanse of lawn," Premier Colin
Barnett said. "Other major Australian cities have
done far more with much less. This will assist
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