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Australian news, and some related international items

Labor consults traditional owners about the Kimba nuclear waste dump Bill, considers supporting the Bill.

Nuclear waste facility in SA may be a step closer, after Labor consults traditional owners

ABC, By political reporter Matthew Doran, 15 June 21, ”………………with the federal opposition preparing to negotiate with the government on legislation that would allow construction to begin.

Key points:

  • Labor says the government has agreed to amendments allowing legal challenges against the location
  • The federal government has proposed to build the dump at Kimba in South Australia…..

Nuclear waste facility in SA may be a step closer, after Labor consults traditional owners

ABC, By political reporter Matthew Doran, 15 June 21, ”………………with the federal opposition preparing to negotiate with the government on legislation that would allow construction to begin.

Key points:

  • Labor says the government has agreed to amendments allowing legal challenges against the location
  • The federal government has proposed to build the dump at Kimba in South Australia…..

The federal government has proposed the dump be built near Kimba, on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, after a shortlist of locations was whittled down and a community vote was held. 

But legislation to give the project the tick of approval stalled in the Senate, with Labor concerned the bill did not allow legal challenges against the choice of location……..

On Tuesday, Labor’s Caucus agreed to let Shadow Resources Minister Madeleine King negotiate on the bill after the Coalition suggested it would present amendments to Parliament allowing for judicial review.

“We said we would not support passage of this legislation unless the traditional owners were comfortable with it,” Ms King said………

Ms King said the opposition would wait to see the details of the amendments before making its final decision.

She was praised by Shadow Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney for her consultation with the community.

Representatives of the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC) travelled to Canberra to seek extra assurances from the federal government about the amendments.

“We welcome the engagement Labor to date and the engagement from the crossbench,” a spokesperson said.

We also acknowledge the commitment from Labor to ensure that nothing occurs without our support.

“We are unable to comment further at this stage as we are too busy dealing with this.”……..


The amendments are yet to be introduced to Parliament, and the timeframe for construction is not clear.

Legal challenges have scuttled previous attempts to construct a nuclear waste dump, including at Mukaty Station in the Northern Territory

Nuclear waste facility in SA may be a step closer, after Labor consults traditional owners

     https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-15/nuclear-waste-facility-in-sa-potentially-a-step-closer/100218030  

June 17, 2021 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics

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