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Controversial legislation for Kimba nuclear waste dump is tabled in Federal parliament

Nuclear legislation on the table, Whyalla News, Louis Mayfield  14 Feb 20  The federal government’s goal of establishing a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) at Napandee, Kimba is a step closer after key legislation was tabled in the Parliament on Thursday.

The controversial National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 will be subject to much scrutiny from the Senate crossbench and other stakeholders.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has already flagged that her party will move to block the legislation, claiming that government does not have broad community support.

“It is wrong to say there is broad community support. Traditional Owners have rejected the proposal. Once again the Morrison Government and Minister Canavan haven’t listened,” she said.

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick has previously stated that his party would refer the legislation to a Senate Committee ‘where the decision made by the Government can be thoroughly scrutinised’.

“Whilst the decision by 62% of the community to back the facility being built must be respected, so too must the views of those who were under the impression that the facility would not go ahead without ‘broad community support’,” he said.

The bill will also allow the government to establish a $20 million Community Fund for Kimba, promising to support long-term infrastructure and development priorities for the town…….

February 15, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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