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South Australia has become a magnet for nuclear waste. The Federal Government wants the Flinders Ranges to host a national nuclear waste dump and the State Government is considering opening up our State for an international high level radioactive waste dump. What’s going on here? Are they mad?
Come along to hear three influential Australians expose the hype and untangle the spin. Take part in the Q&A session immediately following the presentations.
HOST & MC
Mark Parnell MLC, Greens SA Parliamentary Leader
Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens Senator for Western Australia and federal party spokesperson on nuclear issues
Professor Ian Lowe AO, Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University and Adjunct Professor at Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University, Member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in South Australia
Dr Jillian Marsh, Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner, Recipient of the Nuclear-Free Future Award 2008
Roderick Campbell, Economist and Director of Research, The Australia Institute
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKERS...
Senator Scott Ludlam
Scott is a Greens Senator for Western Australia and federal party spokesperson on nuclear issues. Scott has examined the nuclear industry in depth in Australia and overseas and concluded that “the proposal to dump international nuclear waste into an 'interim' store in South Australia is fatally flawed. Nuclear waste is an intergenerational liability, not a short-term asset.”
Professor Ian Lowe AO
Professor Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society and former Head of the School of Science at Griffith University, as well as an adjunct professor at Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University. He has degrees in engineering and physics, and is the author of 20 books and more than 500 other publications. Some of Professor Lowe’s published books and articles relate to the nuclear industry. He is a past-President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and one of Australia’s most eminent environmental scientists and most recently was a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in South Australia. He has decades of experience in championing better policies for a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable world. As Ian told the National Press Club back in 2005: “if nuclear is the answer it must have been a bloody silly question”!
Dr Jillian Marsh
Jillian is an Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner and has a PhD in Environmental Studies. Jillian was the inaugural recipient of the Jill Hudson Environmental Award SA in 1998, and the recipient of international Nuclear Free Futures Award in 2008. Last month Jillian said "The First Nations people of Australia have been bullied and pushed around, forcibly removed from their families and their country, denied access and the right to care for their own land for over 200 years. Our health and wellbeing compares with third world countries, our people crowd the jails. Nobody wants toxic waste in their back yard, this is true the world over. We stand in solidarity with people across this country and across the globe who want sustainable futures for communities, we will not be moved."
Rod has worked as an economist since 2007, mainly at The Australia Institute and with public-interest economics group, Economists at Large. He is currently the Research Director of The Australia Institute, Australia’s most influential progressive think tank. Rod worked on The Australia Institute’s comprehensive response to the Nuclear Royal Commission’s flawed economic analysis. The report, "Digging for Answers", concluded that "The business case for a nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia is exaggerated. The project is risky, and a loss overall is well within the range of possible outcomes". When confronted with these findings, the Nuclear Royal Commissioner promised to “take it apart, piece by piece”, but we think he failed.