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Parry Agius – founding member of Uranium lobby group – should not be on “independent” Nuclear Advisory Board.

The South Australian government will make the decision on whether or not to make that State become the world’s nuclear toilet.

citizen juryHowever, they’ll still go through a process of informing and consulting the community, beforehand. That will be the job of the new Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency :-

It will “draw upon existing government expertise and expertise from the Royal Commission itself to to increase awareness of the Royal Commission’s report and facilitate the community consultation process.”

The other one, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Advisory Board, will oversee the Agency throughout the consultation process. That’s the one chaired by John Mansfield, and with Adjunct Professor Daniela Stehlik,  Rebecca Huntley, Professor Deb White, and Parry Agius.

Agius, Parry

I don’t think that Parry Agius should be on this supposedly independent Board. He is  a founding member of the Australian Uranium Association’s Indigenous Dialogue Group. He’s also been a member of the Resources Industry Development Board in South Australia.

May 19, 2016 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, South Australia


  1. In my experience, being a member of such a group does not necessarily mean that you support the nuclear industry. I have been a member of similar groups, all Government sponsored, such as the SA Radiation Protection Committee, the Olympic Dam Consultative Committee (maybe not exactly the right wording). In both cases I was the token critic and eventually resigned from both. The Royal Commission also had its token critics , who probably thought they could make the Commission see some sense, but were out-voted on a blatantly stacked Commission.

    I know Parry Agius a little and am surprised that he might be pro-nuclear. I’m not sure of his agenda. Perhaps others are better informed.


    Comment by Dennis Matthews | May 19, 2016 | Reply

    • I think it is important that not only should a member of this Board be neutral, but also to BE SEEN TO BE NEUTRAL. Parry Agius’ formal belonging to an Australian Uranium Association subsidiary body, as well as to the Resources Development Industry Board does raise doubts.


      Comment by Christina MacPherson | May 20, 2016 | Reply

  2. Garbage; Parry may have a predisposition towards a certain view but he is a deep thinker and represents aboriginal people and us non aboriginal folk thoughtfully. I have only had a few dealings with parry but he impresses me greatly.


    Comment by Rob wallace | May 20, 2016 | Reply

    • I accept that. But it’s still not a good look, to have that formal connection with the Australian Uranium Association


      Comment by Christina MacPherson | May 20, 2016 | Reply

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