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South Australia – Citizens’ Jury rejected nuclear waste dump in 2016. Decision should not be made by a tiny community

Confidential to Senate Committee on National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 [Provisions] Submission 31 We strongly oppose the proposal of a low and intermediate level radioactive waste storage facility at Kimba or anywhere in South Australia.We are concerned, saddened and offended that we need to write this letter.

In 2016 the South Australian State Government undertook and formed a citizens jury.The citizens jury marked the beginning of a state-wide consultation program to investigate the possible construction of a nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia.The jury members comprised 350 randomly selected South Australian residents. The jury met over six days (three weekends).The jury rejected the proposal of a nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia by an overwhelming two/thirds majority.

Why is the federal government ignoring the wishes of the South Australian residents following the citizens jury outcome?This is not a decision for only the Kimba community but for all South Australians and ultimately all Australians.We do not believe a small productive agricultural community should be placed in a position to make this decision which will have such long term and irreversible consequences for future generations.

Minister Pitt, we suggest you investigate and set up a citizens jury in your home state of Queensland.You may be able to find a suitable site for a nuclear waste storage facility in Queensland with wide community consent. You could ship and truck the radioactive waste in and out of Brisbane and offer the chosen community $32 million. Maybe the chosen Queensland community wouldn’t think thismoney is a bribe.We live on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and again advise we strongly oppose a low and intermediate level radioactive waste dump at Kimba in South Australia.

June 12, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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