Australian news, and some related international items

Australia’s House of Representatives passed the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill

11 June 2020, Federal  govt just passed the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill through the lower house of federal parliament, which sounds like bad news but could be good news, an own goal by the government and minister Keith Pitt

Labor voted against the Bill and spoke strongly against it (including the shadow minister Brendan O’Connor, SA MP Tony Zappia and others) … raising issues of Traditional Owner opposition, double-handling of intermediate-level waste, etc etc. I’m guessing Labor also pointed out that voting on the Bill before the Senate Inquiry is complete is poor form.

Zalia Steggall spoke strongly, linking the dump to BLM and raising numerous other issues.

Andrew Wilkie voted against.

Some recent lobbying by Maritime Union of Australia might have been useful in getting the ALP to show some decency, as well as lobbying by Dave Sweeney and David Noonan

The Senate Committee is meeting tomorrow to discuss the inquiry into the Bill.

June 11, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, wastes

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