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Greens Launch SA Anti-nuclear Campaign

01/04/2015 11:00 am

Tonight the Greens launch their anti-nuclear campaign with a sold out public forum in Adelaide, featuring Greens national nuclear spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam and Professor Ian Lowe.

“The Greens are the only political party standing up for a renewable, not radioactive, future for South Australia,” says Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary Leader, Greens SA.

With the Royal Commission into expanding the nuclear industry in South Australia now underway, the Greens are asking whether the real agenda is much narrower than the Government is letting on.

Premier Jay Weatherill has outlined that the Commission will focus broadly on nuclear power generation, expanding uranium exploration and mining, the enrichment and re-processing of uranium and waste storage. However the Premier has already admitted that building a nuclear power plant in South Australia is “unlikely.”

Previous inquiries into the nuclear industry, including the 2006 Switkowski investigation showed that nuclear power in Australia is uneconomic and the enrichment and reprocessing of uranium is unlikely to be economically or commercially attractive.

“So if the Premier has ruled out a nuclear power plant, and the reprocessing and enrichment of uranium is not economically viable, can we assume that the Government’s real agenda is to turn South Australia into the world’s nuclear waste dump?” asks Mark Parnell MLC.

“If this is the Government’s vision for South Australia, why are they wasting tax-payers’ money investigating unviable options instead of coming clean with South Australians about their agenda for a nuclear waste dump?”

“There is already a history of failed attempts to further entrench Australia into the nuclear industry, and the Greens are the only party standing up against it.”

Mark Parnell MLC says that “The Greens will continue to fight to stop the nuclear expansion in South Australia and it is clear from the enthusiastic response to our public forum that we are not in this fight alone.”

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