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Lang Hancock, “Nuclear fact and fallacy,”
The Australian, December 13, 1976, p. 6, as a letter to the editor.

If ever a politician condemned himself out of his own mouth it was Mr Chipp when, in writing for your Forum (3/12), he openly admitted to reading the Fox report four times.

I would suggest to Mr Chipp that as his time is paid for by the electorate it would be better spent in reading and rejecting some of the “regulation” and “control” bills that are rushed headlong, unread, through Parliament. Apparently socialist controls, regulations, planning and moratoriums are close to his, and his cohort Doc Cairns’ heart, which is contrary to the platform on which he was elected.

The Fox report has no backing in fact: it is 27 years out of date. Its members are without experience in the fields in which Mr Chipp quotes them as experts.

They obviously are not conversant with the safe methods known to science of either storing or recycling plutonium to be used as a cheap source of power in the very near future in a power-hungry world. Mankind will have a desperate need of it. It is valuable material, not waste.

The Fox committee knows nothing of the future market for uranium. They have no practical experience of selling uranium. They apparently know nothing of the development of breeder reactors which will make production of uranium a drug in the market unless Australia cashes in on it now. They have no knowledge of the vulnerability of Australia in matters of defence if we are to be without nuclear arms.

They have had no experience in the field of mining and are apparently not prepared to take into account the costly economic effect of delays and moratoriums in establishing a major mine. For instance, the Ranger orebody could have been functioning as an economic unit of Australia for $60 million capital outlay, whereas the present estimate is approximately $250 million of risk capital requirement. This is rising almost daily due to our internal inflation rate: a problem which Mr Chipp could be more gainfully employed tacking. Mr Chipp, like the Fox report, obviously knows nothing of these matters.

Instead of wasting his time reading the Fox report four times Mr Chipp owes it to his constituents to act on the Teller committee’s report. Dr Teller’s (father of the hydrogen bomb) expert advice was responsible for the United States and some 30 or 40 other nations going nuclear over the past quarter of a century, during which time the generation of power by nuclear means has proven by actual performance to be the safest, cleanest and cheapest power yet devised by man.

Surely Mr Chipp would be better occupied finding out how far the communists have infiltrated the ecology movement in Australia: he obviously understands nothing of the fact that the world’s civilisation is based on mining, because everything comes from the earth. This is a fact well known the communists, who realise, as Mr Chipp obviously does not, that if they can disrupt mining in Australia they can bring this country to its knees.

If Mr Chipp and his socialist friends wish to deny Australia this great boom of nuclear technology with its attendant hope of the future and thus leave our country defenceless against communist takeover, and if Mr Chipp wishes to condemn Australians to a future which has no power when oil runs out, so that the next generation of Australians are to be left to freeze in the dark, then it is high time that the Liberal Party’s system of electing candidates be reorganised so that only free-enterprise candidates are selected.

Dalkeith, WA

Lang Hancock, “Being practical over oil alternatives,”
The Australian, December 27, 1976, p. 6, as a letter to the editor.

If any doubting person needs further evidence of the integration of the communist and ecology movements, then the alacrity with which Mr Mundey rushed into print to defend them (17/12) should dispel any doubts on that score. This championing of unbridled conservation by a man who quite openly admits to being a “card-carrying communist” can mean only one thing for Australia and that is the destruction of our society, per medium of the quiet revolution as expounded by Dr Cairns.

In mentioning his globe-trotting, Mr Mundey has obviously avoided those countries where millions are starving because of lack of industry and power, for these are the countries in which reside approximately one thousand million people who suffer either from malnutrition or death through starvation each year.

Each year the world’s population is expanding. 4000 million today, 8000 million in the immediate future, 12,000 million in the years to come, with each expansion gobbling up more and more oil because each population expansion needs more and more power to sustain life. Simultaneously with this population expansion comes a shrinking of the reserves of oil.

The only practical alternative sources of energy would be a vast and almost incalculable expansion of coal-mining at an ever-increasing power cost (which the starving millions cannot afford) or cheap, clean, safe nuclear power. As things stand, mankind can take comfort in the knowledge that we will be able to satisfy more than half the world’s needs of energy by the end of the century by using nuclear power. Any untoward cost in the building of nuclear power plants and the consequent hardships imposed on the people of this earth will be directly attributable to the subversive, disruptive activities of the econuts.

Econuts, academics, communists and the like theorise about solar and tidal power. These have been around long before nuclear power was ever though of but, sad to relate, no one has been able to develop them as yet on a commercial basis. If civilisation can be frightened into believing that the world’s energy needs can be supplied from such a theoretical source in the immediate future, then I am afraid not thousands but millions of people will not only starve to death but freeze in the dark in the process.

If Mr Mundey and the ecologists have any regard for human well-being and human suffering they would emphasise that it should be the duty of every section of the media, of every institution of learning, of every government department, of every author of textbooks to print the following facts:

(1) Men were mining ores containing radioactive matter and uranium for hundreds of years before uranium was discovered.

(2) Not a single member of the public has ever been hurt, let alone killed, as a result of nuclear power station operations around the world, even though the total operating time of such stations now exceeds the equivalent of 2000 years. (See Professor N. Rasmussen & Associates study.)

(3) Nuclear power stations, both the present types and the breeder stations of the future, cannot explode like atom bombs. It is impossible.

(4) Australia desperately needs an alternative energy source if we are to remain in being, because at the present rate of exploration our known oil reserves will cut out in 10 years. Fifteen holes drilled in Australia last year compares with 3000 in Canada, for instance. Nuclear energy is at present the only proven commercial alternative source to oil and coal.

(5) By the turn of the century more than half the world’s power will be generated by nuclear means. If we used coal to generate this extra power requirement, it would cause accidents in mining and transporting coals from which operations 31,000 deaths would occur, with three-quarters of a million injured.

(6) Coal-fired stations discharge more radioactive matter into the atmosphere than do nuclear stations.

(7) The safety aspect of the nuclear debate was won 27 years ago. Since then 30 of the world’s most advanced nations have elected to go nuclear.

Socialist, communist, capitalist, we all want clean air and we all want clean water. The best way to achieve this is for Australia to enter the nuclear age, but such is the miseducation of the public — (and particularly the young folk) — who are being brain-washed by a socialist education system, that every notoriety-seeking mountebank who is capable of constructive achievement and thus earning public admiration is given a prominent hearing in academic circles and the media. Whereas genuine scientists, fully grounded in all phases of nuclear development, who speak with authority gained from actual experience, are seldom if ever quoted because there is no essential news value in printing the fact that nuclear power is the safest type of commercial power yet devised by man.

Because of its lack of oil and water resources and shrinking employment opportunities, Australia needs to enter the nuclear age more desperately than most other countries of the civilised world; a world whose whole civilisation is based fundamentally on mining. Any person or movement which aims to disrupt mining will (if successful) have initiated a chain reaction, the effect of which will cause untold suffering to mankind.

Dalkeith, WA

(in order of appearance on
  1. Ron Manners’ Heroic Misadventures
  2. Hancock's Australia
  3. Hancock on Government Help
  4. Wake Up Australia: Excerpts Part 1
  5. Wake Up Australia: Excerpts Part 2
  6. Lang Hancock's Five Point Plan to Cripple Australia
  7. Governments Consume Wealth — They Don't Create It
  8. Up the Workers! Bob Howard's 1979 Workers Party Reflection in Playboy
  9. Jump on the Joh bandwagon
  10. John Singleton and Bob Howard 1975 Monday Conference TV Interview on the Workers Party
  11. Governments — like a red rag to a Rogue Bull
  12. Lang Hancock's Pilbara-Queensland Railway Proposal
  13. Singo, Howard and Hancock Want to Secede
  14. Lang Hancock's Foreword to Rip Van Australia
  15. New party will not tolerate bludgers: Radical party against welfare state
  16. Small and Big Business Should Oppose Government, says Lang Hancock
  17. A Condensed Case for Secession
  18. Hancock gets tough over uranium mining
  19. Hancock's threat to secede and faith in Whitlam
  20. PM's sky-high promise to Lang
  21. Govt "villain" in eyes of new party
  22. The spread of Canberra-ism
  23. Govt should sell the ABC, says Lang Hancock
  24. 1971 Monday Conference transcript featuring Lang Hancock
  25. Aborigines, Bjelke and the freedom of the press
  26. The code of Lang Hancock
  27. Why not starve the taxation monster?
  28. Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
  29. Party Promises to Abolish Tax
  30. Right-wing plot
  31. "The best way to help the poor is not to become one of them." - Lang Hancock
  32. WA's NCP commits suicide
  33. "You can't live off a sacred site"
  34. Hancock: King of the Pilbara
  35. Bludgers need not apply
  36. New party formed "to slash controls"
  37. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  38. Workers Party is born as foe of government
  39. Government seen by new party as evil
  40. Ron Manners on Lang Hancock
  41. Does Canberra leave us any alternative to secession?
  42. Bury Hancock Week
  43. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  44. Lang Hancock on Australia Today
  45. Hancock and Wright
  46. Lang Hancock on Environmentalists
  47. Friends of free enterprise treated to financial tete-a-tete: Lang does the talking but Gina pulls the strings
  48. Lang Hancock, Stump Jumper
  49. Lang Hancock: giant of the western iron age
  50. The Treasury needs a hatchet man
  51. We Mine to Live
  52. Get the "econuts" off our backs
  53. 1971 Lang Hancock-Jonathan Aitken interview for Land of Fortune (short)
  54. Gina Rinehart, Secessionist
  55. 1982 NYT Lang Hancock profile
  56. Enter Rio Tinto
  57. Hamersley and Tom Price
  58. News in the West
  59. Positive review of Hancock speech
  60. Lang Hancock International Press Institute General Assembly speech, Canberra, 1978
  61. Australia's slide to socialism
  62. The Great Claim Robbery
  63. Why WA must go it alone
  64. Lang Hancock in 1976 on Public Picnics and Human Blights
  66. Resource Management in Australia: Is it possible?
  67. The gospel of WA secession according to Lang Hancock
  68. Crystal Balls Need Polishing
  69. Minerals - politicians' playthings?
  70. John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
  71. Boston Tea Party 1986 style, hosted by Lang Hancock and Bob Ansett
  72. Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
  73. Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
  74. Tactics change by Hancock
  75. Lang Hancock complains to Margaret Thatcher about Malcolm Fraser
  76. 'Phony crisis' seen as 'child of politics'
  77. Lang Hancock on nuclear energy
  78. Lang Hancock beats the left at their own game on civil liberties
  79. Lang Hancock's Favourite Books
  80. 1977 Lang Hancock Canberoo poem
  81. Hancock's playing very hard to get
  82. Hancock proposes a free-trade zone
  83. An Open Letter to Sir Charles Court
  84. John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
  85. Lang Hancock in 1984 solves Australian politics
  86. Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
  87. Lang Hancock asks what happened to Australia's rugged individualism?
  88. Precis of Ludwig Plan for North-West
  89. Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
  90. Lang Hancock's March 1983 attempt to enlist "former presidents of nations and heads of giant companies" to save Australia
  91. Lang Hancock asks us to think how easily environmentalists are manipulated for political purposes
  92. Invest in free enterprise
  93. Democracy is dead in Australia and Lang Hancock's education
  94. Lang Hancock Incites Civil Disobedience
  95. Hancock sounds call to battle Canberra
  96. Mining policy a threat
  97. Over Whitlam's head
  98. Lang Hancock suggests that newspapers don't give space to politicians unconditionally
  99. Lang Hancock on saving Australia from socialism
  100. Secede or sink
  101. Australia can learn from Thatcher
  102. John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
  103. How Lang Hancock would fix the economy
  104. Lang Hancock: victim of retrospective legislation
  105. Lang Hancock supports Joh for PM
  106. Hancock seeks miners' tax haven in the north
  107. The Ord River Dam
  108. Why Lang Hancock invested in Australia's film industry
  109. Lang Hancock's 1983 letters to The Australian: Lang's precedent for Steve Jobs, renaming the Lucky Country to the Constipated Country, and more
  110. Australia's biggest newspaper insider on manipulating the media
  111. 1980 Lang Hancock-Australian Penthouse Interview
  112. Canberra: bastion of bureaucracy
  113. Pilbara can be the Ruhr for South-East Asia
  114. 1982 Lang Hancock-John Harper Nelson Interview
  115. Australian elections are one of the greatest con games in history
  116. Our leaders are powerless
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