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Nuclear Royal Commission response – no policy, no legislation, just more taxpayers’ money wasted

15/11/2016 7:00 pm

The formal Government response to the Nuclear Royal Commission final report released today shows how little value was received from nearly $10 million of taxpayers’ money, according to Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary Leader, Greens SA.

“From day one, it was clear that nuclear power was too expensive, nuclear fuel processing was unviable and uranium mining was already in the doldrums, with mines moth-balled because they were losing money.

“It was also clear from day one that the real agenda was about establishing a nuclear waste dump. This is the same dump that was overwhelmingly dumped by the Premier’s own Citizens’ Jury. It’s also the same dump that was promoted in the 1990s by the Royal Commission’s own business consultants.

“Despite clear community opposition, clear Parliamentary opposition and even opposition in his own ranks, the Premier seems hell-bent on flogging the dead horse.

"The Government response says it ''won’t pursue policy change or legislative change at this time, but will continue to facilitate discussion''. The Premier is also wedded to an expensive and doomed-to-fail referendum.

“The Greens urge the Premier not to waste any more scarce public funds on this folly and to withdraw gracefully. The idea of keeping an entire administrative unit of Government busy talking about something that will never happen is just ludicrous,” concluded Mark Parnell.

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