House debates

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Statements by Members

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

1:59 pm

Photo of Rowan RamseyRowan Ramsey (Grey, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

In 2015, following the advice of an independent committee, the government called for people to volunteer their land for the siting of the new National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. We stand in this parliament 5½ years later, and we have found that community. It's called Kimba. We have been through three Senate inquiries and two court cases, and, in Kimba, we've had a survey and two full plebiscites, the last one showing 61.58 per cent support for this facility with a 90 per cent turnout. I've had a delegation in this parliament in the last two days, and I thank the Leader of the Opposition and shadow minister Brendan O'Connor for their audience. But I am absolutely perplexed that the Labor Party have walked with us through the last five years in that selection process and now stand instructing their senators to vote against it. If the ALP instruct their senators to vote against it, they do, even though many of them disagree. This community has gone down the path and ticked all the boxes under the instruction of the—

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

We've passed two o'clock. I'm sorry, Member for Grey. In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.