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Liberal and Labor vote to ignore waste dump community concerns

Scott Ludlam 22 Feb 2016

The Labor and Liberal parties have voted together against a senate motion acknowledging the community opposition to each of the six locations shortlisted as a site for a nuclear waste dump.

"It's not as though this motion asked a lot of the government, but for the opposition to cower from it is disappointing and weak," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Nuclear Issues Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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A Dump on Both their Houses

Scott Ludlam 16 Feb 2016

Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten has raised the stakes on moves to establish an international nuclear waste dump in Australia, in praising the work of the South Australian Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.

“The report is a boring rehash of failed ambitions, empty hype and imaginary benefits. It should be read for its insights into the psychology of South Australia’s small but increasingly desperate pro-nuclear lobby, and then it should be composted,” Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Strong local opposition at all 6 proposed nuclear waste dump sites

Scott Ludlam 4 Feb 2016

There is strong local opposition exists at all six sites currently under consideration for a nuclear waste dump in Australia. The communities of Hill End in New South Wales, Omanama in Queensland, Hale in the Northern Territory, Cortlinye, Pinkawillinie and Barndioota in South Australia have all said no.

NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                          4 February 2016                                                                                            

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Nuclear waste shipping debacle: no end in sight

Scott Ludlam 7 Dec 2015

A ‘flag of convenience' vessel registered in Antigua and chartered by a French company arriving in the dead of night to unload Australian nuclear waste returned from France highlights the dangers of transporting nuclear material and is yet more evidence that waste should be securely stored on site, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Australian Government seems determined to undermine public confidence in its handling of spent nuclear fuel," Australian Greens Acting Leader and Nuclear Issues Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Government is still asking the wrong question on nuclear waste dump: Greens

Scott Ludlam 13 Nov 2015

The Federal Government has announced the locations of the six sites it proposes to assess for formal shortlisting for a national radioactive waste dump.

Australia's troubled history of attempts to establish a single national waste dump have moved into a new phase, with a longer list of 28 nominated sites sharpened to six locations which will be the subject of four months of consultations.

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Leave nuclear in the 1950s where it belongs: Greens

Scott Ludlam 28 Oct 2015

Australian energy production and exports should focus on the opportunities of the 21st century, not the failures of the 20th century, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

“I’m not sure how many times this argument needs to be had, but the answers are the same they’ve been for decades; nuclear power is too slow and too costly to make any useful contribution to Australia’s energy mix, to say nothing of the toxicity of the waste, and the inextricable connection to the weapons industry.

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#estimates - the National Radioactive Waste Management Project

Scott Ludlam 23 Oct 2015


Senator LUDLAM: I have a couple of questions that go to the National Radioactive Waste Management Project that was initiated by Minister Macfarlane. He no longer holds the relevant portfolio, so I am just checking on the big picture before I go to a couple of detailed questions. Are there any major changes of direction to be expected under the new minister, or is it steady as she goes?

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