Australian news, and some related international items

Prominent wealthy nuclear industry fans back former Senator Sean Edwards

greed-1Ex-Lib senator Sean Edwards backed by nuclear dump supporters The Australian, , 12 Jan 17  A high-powered group of South Australians, angry over the abandonment of bipartisan ­support to study a nuclear waste repository, are backing a push by former Liberal senator Sean Edwards to enter state ­parliament.

Mr Edwards, who lost his seat at last year’s election after being bumped down his party’s ticket, is an outspoken ­advocate of South Australia playing a greater role in the nuclear fuel cycle……

South Australians are due to go to the polls in March next year, with a redistribution putting the Liberals in the box seat.

The Australian understands Mr Edwards is set to nominate for preselection for the seat of Frome, a traditionally Liberal electorate seated in the industrial city of Port Pirie and the agriculture areas of Clare and Gilbert valleys, where the former senator owns a wine business…..

Several of those understood to be backing Mr Edwards were among a group of 21 who last month signed an open letter urging politicians to continue to explore a nuclear waste dump.

Adelaide Crows chairman Rob Chapman, Coopers brewery chief Tim Cooper, former Cricket Australia chairman Creagh O’Connor and industry chief Robert Gerard were among the signatories. Mr Gerard has don­ated more than $1 million to the Liberals. Dr Cooper donated $22,000 to the party in 2014-15……


January 12, 2017 - Posted by | politics, South Australia

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