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Greens propose National Commission to break radioactive waste deadlock

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 13 Aug 2010

The Australian Greens today called on the old parties to agree to a National Commission to carry out a proper scientific and deliberative investigation of the best way to manage Australia's radioactive waste inventory.

"This is the only way to ensure public confidence in the process, which up to now has relied on political expediency and broken promises," said Greens spokesperson on nuclear issues, Senator Scott Ludlam in Alice Springs.

The Australian Greens have today announced a range of amendments to proposed radioactive waste legislation, with the objective of creating a more rigorous process of consultation and scientific assessment.

"This is what the ALP promised in the run-up to the 2007 election - it is time to hold them to their word."

"Our amendments restore rights of appeal and procedural fairness in relation to the Muckaty site nomination in the NT, but the greatest urgency is to establish a consultative and democratic process of site selection, guided by science and transparent decision making. To date, we have seen the very opposite of this from the government.

"The current approach is highly contested and has been challenged in the Federal Court. The Commission is the best way to restore confidence in the process, to be consistent with international best practise and assure a mature, responsible and effective approach to radioactive waste management in Australia," Senator Ludlam said.

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