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Liberal and Labor vote to ignore waste dump community concerns

Scott Ludlam 22 Feb 2016

The Labor and Liberal parties have voted together against a senate motion acknowledging the community opposition to each of the six locations shortlisted as a site for a nuclear waste dump.

"It's not as though this motion asked a lot of the government, but for the opposition to cower from it is disappointing and weak," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Nuclear Issues Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Removing bans on nuclear industry senseless and short-sighted: Australian Greens

Robert Simms 17 Feb 2016

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms has slammed Family First Senator Bob Day's suggestion that federal laws preventing the expansion of the nuclear industry be removed.

"Senator Day's suggestion that we remove federal bans on the nuclear industry is senseless and short sighted. Removing these kind of safeguards would clearly not be looking out for our home state of South Australia," Senator Simms said.

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A Dump on Both their Houses

Scott Ludlam 16 Feb 2016

Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten has raised the stakes on moves to establish an international nuclear waste dump in Australia, in praising the work of the South Australian Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.

“The report is a boring rehash of failed ambitions, empty hype and imaginary benefits. It should be read for its insights into the psychology of South Australia’s small but increasingly desperate pro-nuclear lobby, and then it should be composted,” Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Senator plans to take Hill End nuclear dump site mismanagement to Senate Estimates

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jan 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon will question officials from the Department of Science and Industry at the February Senate Budget Estimates hearing on their latest serious mismanagement of the location for the proposed nuclear waste dump at Hill End.

"The Department has caused more distress and concern among local residents by giving an inaccurate location for the proposed dump and then taking more than eight weeks to publicly disclose the actual location they are targeting," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Nuclear waste shipping debacle: no end in sight

Scott Ludlam 7 Dec 2015

A ‘flag of convenience' vessel registered in Antigua and chartered by a French company arriving in the dead of night to unload Australian nuclear waste returned from France highlights the dangers of transporting nuclear material and is yet more evidence that waste should be securely stored on site, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Australian Government seems determined to undermine public confidence in its handling of spent nuclear fuel," Australian Greens Acting Leader and Nuclear Issues Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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