Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Questions that must be asked of Resource Minister Pitt, about the new money for Kimba, designated as Australia’s nuclear waste dump.

The contentious Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 has been listed in the Senate’s order of business for Tuesday 11 May 2021 as number 11 in the government business—orders of the day

The senator representing the responsible minister for the bill is Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja as Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

It is now important that people who care about the Kimba community,about South Australia, about Australia should contact politicians, especially Keith Pitt, Rowan Ramsey, and also Kimba Mayor Dean Johnson, and ask them these vital questions about the money that the Federal government plans to shower on Kimba.

Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey MP, said the new nvestment highlighted the government’s commitment to
Kimba. Applications for projects will be open later in 2021 and will be assessed by Business Grants Hub in consultation with the Kimba community.

Pitt and Ramsay should be asked with regard to the latest grant:

1. How will it “drive further economic and socialimprovements across the Kimba community?

2. What is the economic success of Kimba?

3. What is the disruption which this has caused for the people in the area by the progress of the facility when
no effort has been made by Pitt and Ramsay to enable those objecting to the facility the opportunity to have an
independent assessment of the safety and economic consequences of the facility’s establishment?

4. Will the services and infrastructure under the new round of funding include payment for an independent assessment sought by the the many persons objecting to the facility proposals.?

5. Would the funding for this payment be made automatically by Pitt without the intended application process?


6. Does Pitt accept that a major part of the disruption to the people in the area has been caused by his government
failing in providing them with a safety case and enabling an independent assessment as demanded by them since the initial proposals for a facility?

7.Surely he would acknowledge that “this funding will be invested into therefore the disruption which this has
caused for the people who live in the area” by paying for an independent assessment as sought by them?

8. How does Ramsay expect that this funding will “include projects which will grow employment in the community”
when there is a justified fear and concern among many in the community that the facility’s presence will destroy the region’s economy“?

9. Is this “a warm welcome”?

10. How can Johnson justify this as “a win for Kimba businesses and residents” when there is the strong
likelihood based on overseas experience that the local economy will be destroyed through the presence and operations of the facility?

11. What are the important health care initiatives, tourism funding and economic diversification projects referred to in the media release as they presumably should have been normal funding obligations of the federal and state
governments?

May 11, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro denies collusion with nuclear lobby. Labor opposition leader doesn’t believe him.

Barilaro denies nuclear ties: “It’s a straight out lie”
Filed in Just In by Taylah Fellows, Scone,  April 22, 2021   DEPUTY Premier John Barilaro has rejected connections drawn between the National Party and pro-nuclear group Atomic Australia, calling them “a straight out lie.”

A recent article in The Australian revealed Jeff McCormack, National Party Deputy Chief of Staff as the listed contact tech for Atomic Australia, which registered the domain names of competing candidates jeffdrayton.com.au and suegilroy.com.au, including his personal email address. (See: Barilaro: “We pulled their pants down.”)

The Australian said Mr McCormack denied being the owner of Atomic Australia and that a close confidant with an ABN had set up the domain in his name.

Today Mr Barilaro vehemently denied any affiliation between his office and the pro-nuclear group.

“Nobody in my office has any part of Atomic Australia, including Jeff McCormack,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We responded to the Australian and they didn’t run our comments and Jeff has said in that particular piece that it’s not Jeff McCormack but he won’t actually name the person it may be,” he said.

Barilaro said although the debate is still worth having, nuclear energy will not be part of the National Party agenda in the upcoming Upper Hunter by-election.

“I’m a big promoter of nuclear energy as a new energy source that decarbonises the environment and the economy but this election is not about nuclear because it’s banned in this nation,” Mr. Barilaro said………..

Opposition Leader Jodi McKay said the National Party remains focused on fake online websites and called on the Deputy Premier to come clean.

“We’ve already seen two fake websites that they’ve set up attacking two candidates in the Upper Hunter by-election and now we know the creation of these fake websites goes to the very heart of the Deputy Premier’s office. These websites have been created out of his office by his staff,” Ms McKay said.

This goes to the heart of his office. That means the head of the National Party is involved in these dirty tricks. This is a culture that is ingrained in the National party. It is why Michael Johnsen has been forced to resign because he’s not fit to be a member of the Parliament. Yet, now we know the Deputy Premier is involved in this.

“I would say to John Barilaro, to be honest, to say your staff was involved in this,” she said.  https://scone.com.au/barilaro-denies-nuclear-ties/

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Call for Kakadu annual funding to be doubled ahead of federal budget



Call for Kakadu annual funding to be doubled ahead of federal budget
 The yearly operating budget for Kakadu National Park should be doubled ‘at the very least’ even before a $276m masterplan is implemented, according to the region’s peak tourism body…… (subscribers only)

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Australia’s fossil exports are on increasingly shaky ground — RenewEconomy

Australia’s major fossil fuel export customers are getting cold feet. What does that mean for the country’s fossil-reliant economy? The post Australia’s fossil exports are on increasingly shaky ground appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Australia’s fossil exports are on increasingly shaky ground — RenewEconomy

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Resources minister Keith Pitt refuses to say battery storage is dispatchable — RenewEconomy

Keith Pitt refuses to say whether he thinks battery storage is dispatchable, after blocking a government loan to a North Queensland wind and battery project. The post Resources minister Keith Pitt refuses to say battery storage is dispatchable appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Resources minister Keith Pitt refuses to say battery storage is dispatchable — RenewEconomy

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AEMO says Australia “well ahead” of 90 per cent renewables scenario for 2040 — RenewEconomy

AEMO says record installations and growing pipeline of wind, solar and storage mean Australia is well ahead of “step change” scenario. The post AEMO says Australia “well ahead” of 90 per cent renewables scenario for 2040 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

AEMO says Australia “well ahead” of 90 per cent renewables scenario for 2040 — RenewEconomy

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“Global leader in extinction:” ACF attacks collapse in Coalition environment budget — RenewEconomy

Ahead of the federal budget, ACF slams the Morrison government for a lack of spending on the environment and climate measures. The post “Global leader in extinction:” ACF attacks collapse in Coalition environment budget appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Global leader in extinction:” ACF attacks collapse in Coalition environment budget — RenewEconomy

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CEP taps RACV Solar to kick off massive battery-backed solar network in NSW — RenewEconomy

CEP.Energy signs up RACV Solar as EPC partner on installation of 2.62MW solar, 4MW/10MWh battery storage at Narellan Town Centre in south-west Sydney. The post CEP taps RACV Solar to kick off massive battery-backed solar network in NSW appeared first on RenewEconomy.

CEP taps RACV Solar to kick off massive battery-backed solar network in NSW — RenewEconomy

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