Australian news, and some related international items

Bill Shorten ambivalent at the least, about Australia importing nuclear waste

Shorten,-Bill-glowBill Shorten signals he may be open to supporting high level nuclear waste dump for SA, ABC News By Michael Coggan 17 Feb 2016, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has given qualified support for the establishment of a multi-billion-dollar nuclear waste storage repository in South Australia.

Key points:

  • Bill Shorten may back a high-level nuclear waste dump in SA if economics and safeguards stack up
  • Labor has traditionally opposed an expansion of the nuclear industry
  • Mr Shorten says issue must not be consigned to the “too-hard basket”

Traditionally, Labor has opposed the expansion of the nuclear industry.

The Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle released tentative findings yesterday that suggested South Australia stood to reap $5 billion a year if it established a “high-level” nuclear waste facility.

The early findings suggest that nuclear power generation is not viable in the short term.

In response to the nuclear waste dump option, Mr Shorten said “on this question, (SA Premier) Jay Weatherill and I are of one mind”.…….

Bill Shorten refuses to back South Australian nuclear probe, THE Australian 10 Feb 15   BILL Shorten has refused to back the South Australian Labor government’s proposal to investigate nuclear energy. …..

spokesman for the federal ­Opposition Leader said he would not support the inquiry, and the ALP had a “longstanding position on nuclear power based on the best available expert advice”.

Labor has maintained consistent opposition to the establishment of nuclear power plants and all other stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. It is also “strongly opposed” to the importation and storage of nuclear waste sourced from overseas in Australia……

June 11, 2016 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, election 2016, politics

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