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Radioactive Waste Facility Site – Woomera Amendment circulated in Senate

Senator Rex Patrick  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 25 June 20, 

There’s something wrong when the starting point for the a radioactive waste management facility site selection is to let landowners – who stand to receive 4 times the market price for their land – pick the options. The better approach is to start by picking the best sites.

The process that led to Kimba being selected as the site was flawed from inception, has bitterly divided the community and ignored the views of First Nations people. Thankfully the process has been stopped and the Parliament has been asked to decide the site. The Government has asked the Parliament to choose prime farmland, I’m asking the Parliament to choose a remote desert Defence secured site (after consultation).

I circulated my Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) amendment to the Senate yesterday. The Senate Economics Committee looking into the site selection will hold its first hearing on Tuesday in Canberra and then come to SA for a hearing. The Committee has also resolved to conduct a WPA site visit.

I encourage you to participate in democracy and make a submission to the Committee. You’ll find a link to it’s website in the comments.  mre

June 25, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics

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