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Pro, anti uranium forces butt heads in Australia

Pro and anti-uranium mining unions are marshalling forces in Queensland, Australian Mining is reporting.

On the pro-side, the article says that the Australian Worker Union (AWU) will lobby governments to expand mining and overturn bans. On the other side, the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), which mostly represents electrical, communications and power industry workers, says it will oppose the expansion of uranium mining in Australia, citing safety concerns around exposure to radiation.

Uranium mining is prohibited in Victoria and New South Wales, while in Queensland, exploration  is permitted but extraction is illegal. South Australia and the Northern Territory are the only regions to permit uranium mining, and it was recently legalized in Western Australia.