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Liberal hopeful Sean Edwards at odds with South Australian Liberals over nuclear policy

Liberal-nuclear-glowNuclear differences between Liberal hopeful Sean Edwards and state party noted, but not an issue ABC News 16 Jan 17  Nuclear power advocate and former Liberal senator Sean Edwards’ possible move into South Australian politics has not created a rift, the state party’s leader Steven Marshall has said. Mr Edwards lost his seat at last year’s federal election after being moved down the Liberal Party’s Senate ticket.

He signalled last week he would meet with party officials about possibly nominating for preselection for the next state election in March 2018 in the regional seat of Frome.

Mr Marshall told ABC Adelaide Mr Edwards was a “good friend” and had made a “great contribution to the people of South Australia in the Federal Parliament”.

“In recent years of course, he has been a strong advocate for nuclear energy here in Australia, more particularly here in South Australia,” Mr Marshall said.

“[His opinion] it differs from the parliamentary party. He’s mainly an advocate for nuclear energy. He sees it as clean and affordable.”

Mr Marshall also said the party had considered the Government’s proposal for a nuclear waste dump and decided it was too great of a risk.

“We believe the economic risk was too to high, we have a much greater ambitions for South Australia than becoming a nuclear waste dump.”

Mr Marshall said there was “no rift” between him and Mr Edwards and the difference of opinion was encouraged in partyroom debate……..

January 20, 2017 - Posted by | General News

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