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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Page: 592

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (12:10): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) opposes the establishment of nuclear power plants in Australia, based on the best available expert advice;

(b) recognises that the production of uranium and its use in the nuclear fuel cycle presents unique and unprecedented hazards and risks, including:

(i) threats to human health and the local environment in the mining and milling of uranium,

(ii) the generation of products that are usable as the raw materials for nuclear weapons manufacture, and

(iii) the generation of highly toxic radioactive waste by-products; and

(c) rejects any efforts to move toward establishing nuclear power plants in South Australia.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator WRIGHT: Thank you. I take the opportunity to make it very clear to my Labor colleagues in the chamber that the wording of this motion is taken directly from the ALP's national policy platform.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that general business notice of motion No. 609 be agreed to.