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South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill declares the nuclear waste importing plan “dead”

There’s no foreseeable opportunity for this”: Jay declares nuke dump “dead” INDaily,  Tom Richardson @tomrichardson, 7 June 17,

Premier Jay Weatherill has officially walked away from one of the major policy hallmarks of his term in Government, pronouncing the nuclear waste dump “dead” and vowing he will not revisit it if he wins another term in office.

The position appears a significant rhetorical shift from his stance last November, when he pledged to keep the debate alive ahead of a future referendum on the issue of nuclear waste storage, after his own Royal Commission found establishing a local industry could net a “$100 billion income in excess of expenditure”.

At the time, his position was seen by critics both inside the Labor Party and more broadly as a refusal to abandon the nuclear dream.

But asked about the future of the nuclear dump at a public forum in Victor Harbor this week, Weatherill declared the project “dead”.

“Yeah it is,” he reaffirmed to InDaily today……..

After the Victor Harbor forum, Conservation SA chief executive Craig Wilkins said the rhetorical shift should be enshrined in Labor policy, calling on Weatherill to “bury the nuke dump plan for good”.

“This dump plan has cost public funds and caused public concern… it’s now time for Premier Weatherill to formally and finally end it,” he said.


June 7, 2017 - Posted by | NUCLEAR ROYAL COMMISSION 2016, South Australia, wastes

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