Right now there is a plan to ship up to one-third of the world’s high-level radioactive waste and bury it in South Australia.
This plan would impact all Australians for the next 300,000 years. It would require the active support of the federal government – but there is no bipartisan political support.
Governments come and go but radioactive waste remains. This is why the global waste plan would require bi-partisan federal political support. Right now there is no bipartisan political support – and we want to keep it that way.
At its national conference in July last year, the federal Labor party committed to: “Remain strongly opposed to the importation and storage of nuclear waste that is sourced from overseas in Australia”. This is good.
Over two-thirds of the 350 members of the Citizen's Jury who were asked to deliberate on the plan unequivocally rejected it ‘under any circumstances’. But the push for an international dump in SA continues. Against this push we must make sure federal Labor stays strong and acts in the interests of all Australians.
Will you send a quick message to Bill Shorten urging him to stand with the SA community and promote Labor’s clear position against importing and dumping international radioactive waste?
The people have spoken and now the politicians should listen.