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Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Page: 6214

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 6 August 2009:

Given that the draft Parsons Brinckerhoff report on proposed sites for a nuclear waste dump was provided to the department on 28 July 2008 and subsequent reports, namely the CH2M HILL’s peer review, the Parsons Brinckerhoff’s response to the peer review and the final Parsons Brinckerhoff report were provided to the Minister on 19 March 2009, and given that an article in The Australian on 24 July 2009 stated that a ‘spokesman for Mr Ferguson said the minister was awaiting reports on the appropriateness of a series of possible dump sites in the Northern Territory’:

(1)   Which additional reports was the spokesman referring to.

(2)   Who commissioned these additional reports.

(3)   What issues and sites are these additional reports examining.

(4)   Who is conducting this additional work.

(5)   When does the Minister expect these reports to be provided to him.

(6)   Is the Minister considering any potential dump sites outside of the Northern Territory.

Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The Minister for Resources and Energy has provided the following response to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The spokesman was referring to advice from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism rather than a further report from consultants.

(2)   See answer to (1).

(3)   See answer to (1).

(4)   See answer to (1).

(5)   See answer to (1)

(6)   The Minister for Resources and Energy is currently considering an appropriate way forward to achieve a comprehensive, national approach to radioactive waste management. This strategy will be announced once it has been completed and agreed within Government