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Nuclear Waste Debate Rages On...

The state’s nuclear waste debate continues to rage on, with Premier Jay Weatherill announcing today the government will hold a referendum on the controversial proposal to establish a nuclear waste industry in South Australia.

The Premier told the media, opposition from the citizen’s jury, as well as widespread community consultation had contributed to the decision. According to Mr Weatherill the local Indigenous community will have the last chance to 'veto' the decision if the referendum shows broad social support.  

“This process has helped guide the Government’s next steps on the matter,” he said.

“The government believes continued public debate about South Australia’s role in the nuclear fuel cycle is important.

“However, an absence of bipartisanship stands in the way of any meaningful process,” he continued. 

The state could potentially reap the benefits of around $100 billion in profit if the nuclear waste industry is introduced. However, the Royal Commission ordered by Mr Weatherill found social consent and political bipartisanship were “essential” in the project getting the green light. 

So far, consultation, state wide surveys, online comments and feedback show South Australians are lukewarm on the idea. 

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