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David Penberthy on Citizens’ Juries

David Penberthy: State Government fails test of reining in cost of living The Advertiser May 12, 2016 David PenberthyThe Advertiser THERE has been a degree of cynicism over Jay Weatherill’s announcement that not one but two citizens’ juries will deliberate on the wisdom on the proposed construction of a high-level nuclear waste facility in South Australia. While there is always a chance that the jury might advocate a dump designed with bicycle lanes and a small bar to accommodate outback hipsters, I’d be prepared to set my cynicism aside on this occasion.

The philosophy behind citizens’ juries is to provide greater public input into the decision-making process. Embracing a nuclear future is a big decision for the entire state, bringing with it safety and environmental concerns. Anything that gives the public a greater say in satisfying those concerns is a good thing……..

May 13, 2016 - Posted by | General News

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