Uranium is the key energy commodity that differentiates how Rudd and Abbott approach relations with India. On paper, a bipartisan position Australia, which has about a third of the world’s recoverable low-cost uranium resources, sells the nuclear fuel to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, Canada and the European Union, but not so far to India. Both the Labor and Liberal parties have a policy that they will sell Australian uranium to energy-starved India. So on paper, it looks like a bipartisan position. But Rudd is a reluctant helmsman for his party’s policy, believing India must accept stringent conditions before it gets Australian uranium for its power plants. In his first stint as prime minister in 2007-2010, he was adamant that because India was not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, uranium sales to it were precluded. He said this was not a policy directed against India, but one that applied globally. When Julia Gillard, the deputy prime minister who overthrew Rudd for the leadership in June 2010 (before herself being ousted in June this year by Rudd), decided to push through a Labor Party policy change on the uranium issue in late 2011, Rudd was not consulted. Rudd has said that India does not need to source uranium from Australia. It gets most of its supply now from Russia, France and Kazakhstan. Abbott’s Indian ambitions In contrast, Abbott is happy to see Australian uranium shipped to Indian nuclear power plants. At the India Australia Friendship Fair in Sydney last year, he said: “Yes, we will sell uranium to India because we know that India is one of the world’s great democracies.” In reality, any uranium sales are years away, so the Australia-India nuclear trade is more symbolic than substantial. New Delhi views it as a touchstone for the state of the bilateral relationship. In March this year, the first official-level talks were held on a civil nuclear cooperation agreement that is the first step towards uranium sales.
Australian doctors bring woman back from the dead
Monday, Aug 19, 2013 AFP SYDNEY – An Australian woman has lived to tell the tale after being brought back to life from being clinically dead for 42 minutes, doctors said on Monday. Mother-of-two Vanessa Tanasio, 41, was rushed to Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne last week after a major heart attack, with one of her main arteries fully blocked. She went into cardiac arrest and was declared clinically dead soon after arrival. Doctors refused to give up and used a compression device called a Lucas 2 – the only one of its kind in Australia – to keep blood flowing to her brain while cardiologist Wally Ahmar opened an artery to unblock it. Once unblocked, Ms Tanasio’s heart was shocked back into a normal rhythm. “(I used) multiple shocks, multiple medications just to resuscitate her,” Dr Ahmar said. “Indeed this is a miracle. I did not expect her to be so well.” Ms Tanasio said she had no history of heart conditions and was grateful to be alive. “I remember being on my couch, then the floor, then arriving at hospital, and then two days go missing,” Ms Tanasio said. “I was dead for nearly an hour and only a week later I feel great. It’s surreal.” The Lucas device physically compresses the chest, like during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), allowing doctors to work non-stop to put a stent into a blocked artery. It is the first time a patient has successfully used the device, which was donated to the medical centre, for such a length of time in Australia, the hospital said. Clinical death is a medical term for when someone stops breathing and their blood stops circulating.