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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—FOREIGN AFFAIRS—JAPAN—FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Marshall) informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, Senator Fifield and Senator Siewert each submitted a letter in accordance with standing order 75 proposing a matter of public importance for discussion. The question of which proposal would be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, the Acting Deputy President (Senator Marshall) informed the Senate that Senator Siewert had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 The implications of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and Australia's participation at the High Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security to be held on 22 September 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters.

The proposal was supported by 4 senators and the matter was discussed.

Documents: Senator Ludlam, by leave, tabled the following documents:

 Foreign affairs—Japan—Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant—

  Costs, risks and myths of nuclear power—NGO world-wide study on the implications of the catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power station—Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, dated 2011.


  United Nations system-wide study on the implications of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, dated 16 August 2011.

Discussion concluded.