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Senator Nick Xenophon not keen on nuclear waste importing

Xenophon NOXenophon “can’t see benefits” of nuke dump, InDaily, Tom Richardson, 17 June 16 Influential senator Nick Xenophon has come down against the establishment of an international nuclear repository in South Australia, arguing “I can’t see the benefits are there that outweigh the risks”.

It comes as the state’s chamber of commerce, Business SA, nailed its own colours firmly to the mast, with chief Nigel McBride saying the organisation was now “advocating actively and positively for a high-level waste repository here in SA”.

InDaily revealed in March that McBride would be joining a business delegation organised by the Mcbride, Nigel puppetCommittee for Adelaide to tour nuclear sites in Europe, but at the time he insisted he was there to observe and learn, not to advocate…… with a public information campaign gearing up in the wake of the Scarce Royal Commission’s bullish final report, McBride says he is now prepared to take a lead in pushing for the repository to become a reality.

He said “thought leaders” in the community, rather than politicians, should step up to play a prominent role in the debate.

“We’re absolute advocates,” he said of Business SA…….

Business SA is overtly advocating for a high-level nuclear waste facility in SA, subject to an educational process that will get social consent.”

But the influential lobby group’s enthusiasm was not reciprocated by Xenophon at an election forum, co-hosted last night by a range of interest groups including the Wilderness Society and Conservation SA in the marginal electorate of Hindmarsh.

In a packed Glenelg Football clubroom, Karina Lester from the Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation pressed Xenophon on where his fledgling party stood on high-level nuclear waste imports.

“Would your party listen to us and support the overwhelming majority of traditional owners who continue to speak out against establishing an international nuclear waste dump?” Lester asked.

Xenophon said: “The short answer is yes, I don’t support importation of high-level waste.”

He has previously endorsed a referendum on the issue, explaining last night that “it seems to me you might get a consensus between the two major parties here in SA and it might be seen as a a done deal [so] it’s important to get the consent of the community”.

However, he added, “if a referendum were held tomorrow I can’t see myself supporting it”.

“I can’t see the benefits are there that outweigh the risks,” he said.

The debate is set to dominate the state political scene in the latter half of the year, with two Citizens’ Juries headlining a broader community consultation………

June 17, 2016 - Posted by | politics, South Australia, wastes

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