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Friday, 9 June 1989
Page: 3751


Senator SANDERS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that 500 000 citizens of Sacramento, California have recently voted in a referendum to close down the Rancho Seco nuclear power plant by a vote of 53.5 per cent to 46.5 per cent;

(b) further notes that the plant was considered both unsafe and uneconomic because it was out of service due to cooling system problems, more than it was on line, suffered more than 100 unplanned shutdowns, was out of service for 2 years while a $500 million refit was undertaken and subsequently caused electricity rates to rise markedly in Sacramento;

(c) further notes that, even though the plant will now be closed, the citizens of Sacramento still face up to $US500 million for decommissioning;

(d) is of the opinion that Australian citizens should be also granted the right to express their wishes through referenda; and

(e) is also of the opinion that the Australian Government should cease forthwith to support a uranium mining industry which is in serious decline because of problems inherent in the generation of electricity by nuclear power.