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In South Australian Parliament, Greens aim to restore Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act

Spending public money on important and necessary services like health, education and public facilities is a wise use of our collective funds. Spending public money on trying to convince the people of South Australia that we should take the world’s high-level nuclear waste and store it for the next few thousand years makes no sense at all.

The Weatherill Labor Government has already wasted more than $13 million of our money on a Royal Commission, Citizens Jury and even a new government agency to spruik the benefits of a nuclear dump.  Now that South Australians have put a stop to this international nuclear waste dump nonsense, we need to make sure that the Government doesn’t waste any more public money on so-called “community consultation”.  Enough is enough!

Even the Parliamentary Joint Committee which was specifically set up to inquire into this proposal (and which tabled its report last week), agreed on one recommendation – “That the South Australian Government should not commit any further public funds to pursuing the proposal to establish a repository for the storage of nuclear waste in South Australia.” You can read my speech on this report here.

So, how do we make sure this happens?

The Greens have a Bill before Parliament that will restore the Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000 to ensure that no more public money is wasted on nuclear waste dump consultations without Parliamentary approval.

With my Bill coming to a vote in the Upper House on November 1, we need your support to get this passed through Parliament.  Please email the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Ian Hunter MLC, and ask the Government to support the Greens’ Bill to restore Section 13 of the Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act to its pre-2016 state.

The Greens are standing with the people of South Australia who choose a nuclear-free future for our State.

October 25, 2017 - Posted by | politics, South Australia

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