Australia’s great Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies disgraced himself by allowing the sale of scrap metal to Japan before WW2.
That mistake allowed the Communist Party to tag Menzies “Pig Iron Bob“-a nickname that followed the great man for life.
Now Australia’s other great PM, John Howard, looks set to make a similar mistake.
Don’t do it Johnny!
SYDNEY, September 7 (RIA Novosti) – Australia could supply Russia with uranium worth a $1 billion as part of a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement signed between the two countries’ leaders Friday.
The deal was signed by Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Federal Nuclear Power Agency (Rosatom), in the presence of Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin arrived in Sydney Friday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, running 8-9 September.
“This new agreement will allow the supply of Australian uranium for use in Russia’s civil nuclear power industry and provide a framework for broader cooperation on peaceful nuclear-related activities,” Howard said.
Kiriyenko said Russia is ready to process 4,000 tons of Australian uranium a year.
Putin said Russia has “a sufficient” and even “excessive supply of weapons-grade uranium, but plans to build 30 nuclear power stations in the next 15 years and needs Australian uranium to ensure their operation.”
“For these purposes, and only for these purposes, we need Australian uranium,” he said.
Australia holds about one-half of the world’s uranium reserves. It is one of the leading producers of uranium in the world exporting around $520 million worth of nuclear fuel last year.