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Book Launch: Long Half-life by Ian Lowe (Mitcham Library, Adelaide)

Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe

TO BE LAUNCHED BY MARK PARNELL

Australia has been directly involved in the nuclear industry for more than a century, but our involvement has never been comprehensively documented. Long Half-life tells the social and political history of Australia’s role, from the first discovery of radioactive ores in 1906 to contemporary contentious questions. Should the next generation of submarines be nuclear powered? Can nuclear energy help to slow global climate change? Do we need nuclear weapons for defence? Should we store radioactive waste from nuclear power stations in our region?

Long Half-life is a timely and riveting account of the political, social and scientific complexities of the nuclear industry, revealing the power of vested interests, the subjectivities of scientists and the transformative force of community passion.

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Book Launch: Long Half-life by Ian Lowe (Avid Reader, Brisbane)

Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe

TO BE LAUNCHED IN CONVERSATION WITH ROD WELFORD

Australia has been directly involved in the nuclear industry for more than a century, but our involvement has never been comprehensively documented. Long Half-life tells the social and political history of Australia’s role, from the first discovery of radioactive ores in 1906 to contemporary contentious questions. Should the next generation of submarines be nuclear powered? Can nuclear energy help to slow global climate change? Do we need nuclear weapons for defence? Should we store radioactive waste from nuclear power stations in our region?

Long Half-life is a timely and riveting account of the political, social and scientific complexities of the nuclear industry, revealing the power of vested interests, the subjectivities of scientists and the transformative force of community passion.

Book cover of Long Half-life by Ian Lowe on a background of a burst of yellow powder
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Long Half-life: Ian Lowe in conversation with Carmen Lawrence

Hosted by the Climate Council of Western Australia (CCWA), join us for a special evening with Professor Ian Lowe AO and CCWA President Carmen Lawrence AO to explore the history of the nuclear industry in Australia.

This is an important time to reflect on the nuclear industry and Australia’s role in it – and we can’t think of two better people to do that with!

Western Australia is edging dangerously close to having one operating uranium mine, and we are watching yet another community fight yet another proposal for a national radioactive waste dump. Nationally we are discussing the possibility of nuclear submarines, and facing the realities of a $2.2 billion clean-up at Ranger uranium mine. Globally there is a mounting push for a new generation of nuclear power, Russia has weaponised nuclear power in war, tensions are rising, and there is now an international treaty to abolish nuclear weapons.

Ian Lowe
Professor Ian Lowe AO is uniquely qualified to tell this story, following a long career in universities, research councils and advisory groups. Lowe is the author of several books, including Living in the Hothouse (Scribe, 2005), A Big Fix (Black Inc., 2005), A Voice of Reason (UQP, 2010), Bigger or Better? (UQP, 2012) and The Lucky Country? (UQP, 2016). He is also the author of a 2006 Quarterly Essay on the prospects for nuclear power in Australia, and a ‘flip book’ with Professor Barry Brook, giving the two sides of the argument.

Carmen Lawrence
Professor Carmen Lawrence AO is the President of the Conservation Council. With a breadth of experience in psychology, state and federal politics – covering Health, Indigenous Affairs, Environment and Industry she has become a leading voice for environmental protection and social change.

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Book Launch: Long Half-life (Readings, Hawthorn)

Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe

Update: due to COVID-19 restrictions this launch will now be online (via zoom)

Join Dave Sweeney of the Australian Conservation Foundation to celebrate the launch of Ian Lowe’s latest book, Long Half-Life.

Long Half-Life tells the important story of how Australia has been directly involved in the nuclear industry for more than a century, but our involvement has never been comprehensively documented. It tells the social and political history of Australia’s role, from the first discovery of radioactive ores in 1906 to contemporary contentious questions. Should the next generation of submarines be nuclear powered? Can nuclear energy help to slow global climate change? Do we need nuclear weapons for defence? Should we store radioactive waste from nuclear power stations in our region?

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

Please book here.

Ian Lowe and Luke Stegemann
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Ian Lowe and Luke Stegemann in conversation (Maleny, Queensland)

Outspoken presents two fascinating authors discussing their recently published books. The wonderful Ian Lowe will be discussing Long Half-Life, his analysis of the Nuclear Industry in Australia, while Luke Stegemann, recently short-listed for two Premiers’ Literary Awards will be discussing his remarkable book Amnesia Road. Both in conversation with Steven Lang

 

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Book Launch: Long Half-life by Ian Lowe (Gleebooks, Sydney)

Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe

TO BE LAUNCHED ONLINE BY JUSTICE JIM SPIGELMAN

Australia has been directly involved in the nuclear industry for more than a century, but our involvement has never been comprehensively documented. Long Half-life tells the social and political history of Australia’s role, from the first discovery of radioactive ores in 1906 to contemporary contentious questions. Should the next generation of submarines be nuclear powered? Can nuclear energy help to slow global climate change? Do we need nuclear weapons for defence? Should we store radioactive waste from nuclear power stations in our region?

Long Half-life is a timely and riveting account of the political, social and scientific complexities of the nuclear industry, revealing the power of vested interests, the subjectivities of scientists and the transformative force of community passion.