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Senator Bernardi’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill – joins Tony Abbott in pro-nuke fervour

  Bernardi seeks to lift ban on nukes, THE AUSTRALIAN,  MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide, 12 Nov 17 

Senatorr Cory Bernardi will introduce a bill in parliament today that seeks to lift a ban on nuclear power plants and enrichment and processing facilities…….

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has asked Malcolm Turnbull to give Aborigines the “final right of veto” over any site chosen by the federal government for the planned national radioactive waste dump.

Senator Bernardi, who plans to run candidates under his Australian Conservatives banner at the South Australian election in March, said he would introduce a bill today to remove bans on an Australian nuclear fuel cycle, particularly as they apply to nuclear power plants……

Last month, former prime minister Tony Abbott called for laws to allow for the construction of nuclear power plants……

Bernardi said the proposed legislation did not fully deregulate the nuclear fuel cycle, but if passed would “send a powerful signal to the world that we are … open for an Australian nuclear industry”.

The bill would remove sections of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act (1998), which ban construction of nuclear power, fuel fabrication, enrichment or reprocessing plants, and any authorisation of such facilities…….

High-level international nuclear waste storage would require approval from federal parliament, which the Turnbull government had indicated it was prepared to support.

Federal Labor has a longstanding constitutional opposition to nuclear waste storage.

Mr Weatherill has written to the Prime Minister about the federal government’s plans to establish a national low-to-medium-level dump for domestic nuclear waste, with three SA sites under consideration: two near Kimba and one near Hawker.

In the letter obtained by The Australian, Mr Weatherill said ­Aboriginal leaders were deeply concerned about the Hawker proposal and urged the commonwealth to commit to “provide a local Aboriginal community with a final right of veto over any future facility proposed on their lands”.nukes 


November 13, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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