July 31, 2002 - An unwanted shipment of Mixed Oxide (MOX) plutonium/uranium nuclear fuel is nearing the south-west of Western Australia, en-route from Japan to England in defiance of world opinion.

The lethal cargo carried by the two ships has been condemned by other nations including the Federated States of Micronesia, New Zealand and Ireland, but so far there has not been a whimper from any Australian Government. The ships have been subject to concerted protest actions since their controversial departure from Japan, actions which will continue until the ships reach their destination in England.

'I'm sickened to think that while nations and citizens groups all along the transport route have voiced their opposition to this insane traffic, Australian Governments have been notable by their invisibility.' Mr Chapple said. A single accident or attack involving exposure of the cargo to the marine environment or atmosphere would have catastrophic consequences, with inhalation of as little as one millionth of a gram of plutonium virtually guaranteeing fatal lung cancer.

Greens (WA) MLC Robin Chapple wrote to Premier Gallop last week seeking some indication of whether or not the State Government would at least make a public statement of opposition as the Pacific Pintail and Pacific Teal pass our shores.

'We believe it is important to put our opposition on record, so that silence is not taken as assent. I will be extremely disappointed if the Government, which prides itself on a strong anti-nuclear platform, does not at least notify the Commonwealth of its opposition to these shipments.'

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