Australian Left Review

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A Critique of the ASTEC Report


Ron Leeks


On 9 November 1983, as the uranium debate within the ALP gained tempo, the Prime Minister Mr, Hawke requested a government advisory body, the Australian Science and Technology Council (ASTEC), to conduct an inquiry into some of the political and technical aspects of uranium mining. The subsequent report, titled Australia's Role in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle is sometimes referred to as the Slatyer Report after its chairman, Professor Ralph Slatyer of the Australian National University.