Weatherill’s double backflip on nuclear dump

The State Liberals are promising all South Australian’s a free vote on Jay Weatherill’s plans for a nuclear dump without the need for an expensive referendum – it will be at the 2018 State Election.

“The 2018 State Election will be a choice between a Marshall Liberal Government that has a greater ambition for South Australian than being the world’s dump, and a Weatherill Labor Government fixated on importing dangerous high-level nuclear waste,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“It will be a choice between a Premier who previously shot down the idea of a referendum in favour of his preferred citizens jury model only to backflip completely when the citizens jury rejected his nuclear dump.”

“No, but I do not think it is the style of approach which is going to yield the best results here (regarding a nuclear dump) … I think it tends to close down public debate rather than allowing it to be developed.” (Jay Weatherill : Estimates 28 July 2016.)

“It will be a choice between a Labor Premier willing to waste $600 million in the hope of importing dangerous radioactive waste from other countries and a Liberal Premier who knows that money would be better spent on the industries of the future.

“Jay Weatherill has lost the trust of the citizens jury, his own party and the South Australia people.

“Jay Weatherill’s referendum proposal is an immensely expensive face saving device from a Premier who has stumbled from one disaster to another during the past year.

“The State Liberals were prepared to engage in a serious, informed debate about the prospects for greater involvement in the nuclear industry.

“That debate has taken place and the public have rejected the Premier’s plans.

“Indeed our own rigorous assessment of the proposal discovered that the economics of a high-level nuclear waste dump don’t stack up.

“It’s time to have the debate Mr Weatherill is trying to avoid about South Australia’s immediate economic priorities – not ones that are at least 25 years away.”