Australia state of Queensland lifts uranium mining ban

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    22 October 2012 Last updated at 10:41 GMT

    The Australian state of Queensland has lifted a 23-year ban on mining uranium, paving the way for exports to India.

    The move follows a visit to Delhi last week by Australian PM Julia Gillard to discuss the sale of uranium with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

    Last year, Australia dropped its long-standing ban on exporting uranium to India.

    It was originally imposed because Delhi had not signed an international treaty on nuclear non-proliferation.

    Queensland State Premier Campbell Newman said the national government's overturning of the export ban to India and the recent talks in Delhi prompted a rethink.

    "The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has just been in India selling the benefits of Australian-produced uranium to India, prompting many in the community to ask about the industry's potential in Queensland," Mr Newman said in a statement.

    The Queensland government says there are more than 80 known sites in the state that contain valuable amounts of uranium.

    Australia, which holds an estimated 40% of the world's uranium, already exports it to China, Japan, Taiwan and the US - although it does not use nuclear power.

    BBC News - Australia state of Queensland lifts uranium mining ban
     
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