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Premier Weatherill wants expansion of uranium mining, and nuclear waste dumping

Weatherill glowPremier Jay Weatherill backs expansion of uranium mining in South Australia, Daniel Wills State Political Editor, The Advertiser November 15, 2016  PREMIER Jay Weatherill has backed an expansion of uranium mining in the state, as recommended by a Royal Commission, while also continuing to explore the prospect of a nuclear dump.

A day after floating long-term plans for a referendum on a high-level nuclear waste dump, Mr Weatherill today addressed the Royal Commission findings in Parliament.
Mr Weatherill rejected recommendations urging he talk to the Federal Government about removing legal bans on uranium enrichment and nuclear power in Australia.

He also rejected a recommendation that the State Government remove state legislation stopping an “orderly, detailed and thorough analysis” of establishing nuclear waste storage in SA.

Recommendations accepted include simplifying mining approvals for uranium and backing more scientific studies of where ores can be uncovered…..

He said the Government will “not pursue policy or legislative change” to develop a nuclear dump, after the Opposition pulled support for the project…..”

November 16, 2016 - Posted by | NUCLEAR ROYAL COMMISSION 2016, politics

1 Comment »

  1. The Editor
    The Advertiser

    Former Cabinet Minister in the Weatherill government, Patrick Conlon, asks what did Jay Weatherill do wrong on the nuclear waste issue (The Advertiser, 17/12/16).

    Firstly, Weatherill set up a Royal Commission with a highly biased terms of reference. Secondly, he appointed a Commissioner who was perceived as biased . Thirdly, the Commission was perceived as stacked in favour of getting a go-ahead for expanding the nuclear industry in SA.

    The report of the Royal Commission went down like a lead balloon. Claiming that he hadn’t made up his mind on expanding the nuclear industry, Weatherill initiated a “Citizens Jury”. When the citizens failed to give him the answer he wanted he called for a referendum on the issue.

    This whole process has been one of outsourcing, a well-known strategy for distancing the government from any flak that may eventuate, at a cost to the tax-payer of the order of $10 million. Conlon calls these actions “courageous”. I suggest that the average voter will see them as cowardly and reckless.

    Dennis Matthews


    Comment by Dennis Matthews | November 17, 2016 | Reply

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