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Monday, 4 December 2017
Page: 9529

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:36): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Radioactive waste is currently stored in more than 100 locations around Australia. For more than 40 years, Australia has been working to identify a location to consolidate the waste. This process is now well underway. The National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012 has bipartisan support and is centred on the community. Under its mandated process, the facility will be located on a volunteered site on technically acceptable land with a broadly supportive community. Against these broad criteria and supported by community consultation, three applications have currently progressed to phase 2 of this assessment.