An invite only pro-nuclear seminar organised by the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) to ‘broaden public discussion’ is more an exercise in public relations than public discourse, the Australian Conservation Foundation said today.

An invite only pro-nuclear seminar organised by the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) to ‘broaden public discussion’ is more an exercise in public relations than public discourse, the Australian Conservation Foundation said today.

“This talkfest seems to comprise just three panellists, all known pro-nuclear advocates, the Chair of Britain’s Office for Nuclear Development Dr Tim Stone and Australian nuclear enthusiasts Ben Heard and Ian Hore-Lacy,” said Dave Sweeney, nuclear free campaigner for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

“It is disingenuous of SACOME to suggest a pro-nuclear panel speaking at a ‘members only’ forum will do anything to broaden public discussion on nuclear issues in SA.

“In the shadow of the fourth anniversary of Fukushima – a continuing nuclear crisis directly fuelled by Australian uranium – the uranium and nuclear industry needs genuine scrutiny in the public interest, not public relations in the corporate interest.”

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