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Senator Rex Patrick attended Kimba Senate Nuclear Waste meeting – concerned about problem of “community support”

Senator Rex Patrick Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 5 July 18 

RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITY SITE SELECTION INQUIRY – KIMBA Today I travelled from Whyalla to Kimba to conduct a Senate inquiry hearing into the Site Selection Process for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

It was great to hear everyone’s perspective – the local council, land nominators, the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation and local groups from both sides of the fence. It’s too early in the inquiry process to pass judgement, but I must say I share concerns with some witnesses over the lack of consultation, the inconsistency of certain information, the lack of transparency and especially the lack of any apparent ‘formula’ to determine whether the Government has broad community support.

The Committee is spending the night in Port Augusta; Crossroads of Australia. We travel to Hawker tomorrow to hear more evidence.

Here’s a photo of me and my Senate colleagues, Chris Ketter (QLD) and Dean Smith (WA) standing in front of The Big Galah in Kimba. No jokes about politicians and galahs please.

July 6, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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