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MCA calls for legislation review to end ‘uranium discrimination’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called for a reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, to allow Australia to benefit from uranium mining. In a paper commissioned by the MCA, environmental assessment expert Lachlan Wilkinson recommended the Act be... 

MCA wants Australian govt to rethink nuclear stance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the Australian government to rethink its nuclear prohibition, saying the ban on nuclear power could no longer be afforded given the country’s current energy challenges. “Nuclear power is off the table in Australia – literally banned,” the... 

MCA calls for nuclear energy in Australia

24th May 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has urged the Australian government to consider nuclear energy in the nation’s future. Speaking at the Paydirt South Australian Resources and Energy Investment conference, MCA’s executive director for uranium, Daniel Zavattiero, said that Australia’s... 

WA uranium miners seek Labor support

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th March 2017 The uranium sector has urged Western Australia’s newly elected Premier Mark McGowan to keep an open mind when it comes to uranium mining in the state. Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) executive director for uranium Daniel Zavattiero said this week that, since the ban on uranium mining in... 

S Australia can safely increase nuclear participation, says report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th May 2016 The resources sector has welcomed the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s report, which looks into the state’s role in the nuclear fuel cycle. The report, which was delivered to Premier Jay Weatherill this week, found that South Australia could safely increase its... 

Australia signs deal to supply uranium to Ukraine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2016 In a move welcomed by the resources sector, the Australian government has signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with the Ukraine. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said on Friday that the agreement enabled Australia to export uranium to the Ukraine, which was considered to be one of the... 

Australia set for uranium exports to India, UAE

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th November 2015 The Australian government has finalised two agreements to expand its global uranium exports with India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are investing in nuclear programmes. The Australia-India nuclear cooperation agreement would permit Australian companies to start commercial uranium... 

Committee approves Aus uranium sales to India, with conditions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th September 2015 The Australian uranium sector has welcomed a report by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties regarding the Australia–India nuclear cooperation agreement. The report gave a tentative green light for Australia to sell uranium to India on condition that safeguards were put in place. 

Japan's nuclear restart to benefit Aus uranium sector

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th August 2015 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the restart of a nuclear reactor in Japan, following the meltdown of a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011. The Kyushu Electric Power company this week reactivated one of the reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, on the... 

MCA calls for policy amendments to boost investment in uranium sector

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th July 2015 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the federal government to amend policies around uranium mining to attract greater investment in the sector. Speaking at a uranium conference in Perth, MCA executive director for uranium Daniel Zavattiero said amendments were required to the... 

Kintyre uranium project receives federal environmental approval

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th April 2015 he Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s decision to approve the development of the Kintyre uranium project, in the Pilbara. The project, which Cameco and Mitsubishi Development are jointly developing, was approved for development at the end of... 

Australia’s uranium industry has billion-dollar export potential

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2015 Uranium has the potential to be the next billion-dollar export industry for world number-three producer Australia, with an earnings potential of close to A$2-billion a year. Despite being home to 32% of the world’s uranium resources, the country only accounted for 11% of global production, the... 

Resources sector welcomes South Australia nuclear commission

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th February 2015 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the South Australian government’s decision to appoint a Royal Commission to consider the state’s nuclear energy potential. Premier Jay Weatherill appointed former South Australian Governor Kevin Scarce to lead the commission in considering the role... 

AUA merges with Minerals Council

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2013 The Australian Uranium Association (AUA) would be incorporated under the banner of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) in the hopes of enhancing the uranium sector’s advocacy. The integration would also reinforce the AUA’s position in the mining industry and build on what has already been... 

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