Senate – movement at the Muckaty Station

Hansard
Proof Issue
SENATE Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Senator Ludlam to move on the next day of sitting:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) 29 September is International Radioactive Waste Action Day,
(ii) locating domestically produced nuclear waste at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory is highly contested by traditional owners, is currently being challenged in the Federal Court and is inappropriate due to under and above ground water movements and high seismic activity in the region,
(iii) winning public confidence and social licence is internationally recognised as essential for successful
and sustainable waste management, as noted by the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA], the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD], the International Commission on Radiological Protection [ICRP], the European Union, and the United Kingdom and Japanese governments, and
(iv) above ground, dry storage of radioactive waste at or near the site of origin is recognised as providing
access for routine monitoring, repair of leakages and responsible isolation from the water table and
environment; and
(b) calls on the Australian Government to:
(i) abandon proposals to dump radioactive waste at Muckaty Station, and
(ii) establish a process for identifying suitable sites, transport and storage of Australia’s radioactive waste that is consistent with international best practice scientific processes, and that is transparent, accountable, fair, allowing access to appeal mechanisms and full community consultation.

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Senator Ludlam to move on the next day of sitting:
That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2010.

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Senate
WEDNESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2010

No. 15 – Senator Ludlam – Introduction of the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2010

Commenced 4:09 PM
Bill introduced. Debate adjourned

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