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QLD government scuttles uranium mining: LNP open-slather policy overturned

No uranium mining in Queensland.
The Brisbane Times reports:  "The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has not received one single application for a uranium mining lease." 

Labor plans on scuttling a Queensland industry before it even begins.

The Newman Government announced it would overturn the long-time ban on uranium mining in 2012 and opened applications in August 2014.

Queensland's Mary Kathleen Mine, near Mount Isa, closed in 1982, seven years before uranium mining was banned in the state.

Campbell Newman announced the state would once again open its uranium resources to the world, following then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard setting in motion plans to export Australian uranium to India.

Mary Kathleen uranium mine. 
The Mines Minister, Andrew Cripps, said mining uranium "will help ensure we remain Australia's job powerhouse for the long term".

"The uranium industry has the potential to generate significant development in North Queensland, as well as royalties to fund school and health services, roads and public infrastructure," he said in August last year.

"Each new uranium project has the potential to create a large number of construction and operational jobs."

But while in Opposition, Labor was against overturning the ban, an attitude Mr Cripps had labelled "ideological", but a spokesman for the new government said uranium mining would once again be kiboshed in Queensland.