Wednesday, 24 July 2019
That the Senate—
(a) notes that recent reports that the proposed nuclear waste dump site in South Australia will be expanded, covering at least 160 hectares, an increase of 60%, are deeply troubling given the lack of consultation; and
(b) calls on the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Senator Canavan, to provide a full explanation of the current plans for the nuclear waste dump site, and to clarify exactly how large it will be and what level of waste it will hold.
The government is engaged in detailed consultation with the communities of Hawker and Kimba as part of the nomination process for a national radioactive waste management facility. This engagement has included the permanent presence of Australian government officials in excess of 18 months in both communities. The construction of a waste facility is an essential part of the provision of nuclear medicines. On average, one in every two Australians will require nuclear medicines during their lifetime. The government has been fully transparent about its plans and will provide the detail in a formal response to the motion.
Labor supports this motion. We believe the minister should act in accordance with the relevant act. Concerns, including those on consultation, should be addressed if and when they arrive.
Question agreed to.