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Rejection of Park Bill: a win for common sense.

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17 July 2003 22/2003

Rejection of Park Bill - A Win for Common Sense The Rann Labor Government should scrap its legal challenge of the Commonwealth’s compulsory acquisition of Site 40a, now that the South Australian Parliament has rejected its plan to declare the site a public park.

Last night’s rejection of the Government’s Park Bill by the SA Legislative Council is a win for common sense.

The Rann Government’s cynical attempt to thwart the establishment of the national low-level radioactive waste repository by introducing this Bill into the SA Parliament necessitated the Commonwealth’s decision to compulsorily acquire the land.

Now that the Parks Bill has been rejected by the SA Parliament, the Rann Government should call off plans to challenge the compulsory acquisition action in the Federal Court.

Even the Labor Environment Minister John Hill has said “ If we can succeed in turning over that compulsory acquisition it would be for little point if the public parks Bill wasn’t in place.”

The Commonwealth’s decision to compulsorily acquire the land in the central north of South Australia was made in the national interest. It was the culmination of an exhaustive 11-year process to identify the safest site in Australia for the storage of the nation’s low-level radioactive waste.

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