Nuclear bill referred to inquiry

SCRUTINY: SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young wants the Senate Economics Committee to host a public hearing in Whyalla regarding the federal government's nuclear waste facility.
SCRUTINY: SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young wants the Senate Economics Committee to host a public hearing in Whyalla regarding the federal government's nuclear waste facility.

The formal process for the federal government's push for a nuclear waste dump in Kimba will be put under the microscope by the Senate Economics Committee, with a Greens Senator calling for hearing in Whyalla.

On Thursday the Greens announced they would be referring the government's legislation for the Nuclear Radioactive Waste Management Facility to a Senate Inquiry for 'scrutiny of the laws and the process that led to this point'.

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young requested that the committee organise a public hearing in Whyalla and a visit to the federal government's chosen site for the facility at Napandee.

"I have requested a hearing in Whyalla because it shouldn't be left to the suits in Canberra to decide, anything less would be offensive to the communities involved," she said.

Senator Hanson-Young also claimed the site selection for the facility had been 'dodgy from the start'.

"It's ripped small communities apart and Traditional Owners have vehemently objected to the proposal," she said.

"It's clear there isn't broad community support for a nuclear waste dump in Kimba, despite what former Minister Matt Canavan would have everyone believe."

Senator Hanson-Young warned that the establishment of the facility would see shipments of radioactive waste passing through South Australia's regional roads, streets and waters 'for decades to come'.

"Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Lincoln and every town living along potential transportation route, should have been consulted and given an opportunity to have their say," she said.

"The Greens aren't leaving it to the community of Kimba to hold the line on their own. A Senate Inquiry will give the entire proposal the scrutiny it needs."

The committee has resolved to report on the legislation in June, submissions to the committee are now open and will close at the end of March.