With media reports citing both former PM Bob Hawke and current NT Chief Minister Adam Giles as supporting the creation of a international high-level radioactive waste dump in Australia, Senator Ludlam decided to check up on the government's current policy on the hosting of foreign radioactive waste.
The Muckaty saga around the unwanted uranium dump lasted over 8 years, during which the locals wished to have the Minister see the site in person. Ian MacFarlane agreed to it in the election, we confirmed in in March and kept getting told that it would happen when the schedules aligned. 6 months on from that confirmation, and the whole fiasco has collapsed, and the Minister STILL hasn't visited.
Early in June Scott was trying to find out if the Government would proceed with a dump at Muckaty station if the High Court ruled against the Northern Land Council. As their case fell apart, the government caved to the combined pressure of the people and the law- retracting the plan for the nuclear dump.
The Government is planning on spending 22.5 million per shipment to move radioactive waste from our OPAL reactor to the US. Scott asks a few questions about where it's headed and what kind of storage it'll be kept in it.
Universal service of internet, and the cross-subsidy where the lucrative urban market subsidises the satellite and the wireless needed to service the outback and other remote locations, was once a very firm policy commitment of the Abbott government. But now when asked if it is government policy, Senator Fifield goes to ask his superiors, who direct us to a review they've set up- and we wouldn't be surprised if that review is a prelude to another canned coalition commitment.