The Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 20:14 :04 ): Whilst in principle I am supportive of a nuclear waste facility being established in South Australia, I am yet to be convinced that there are adequate proven sufficient safeguards in place for this to go ahead. This is as true for low to intermediate-level waste as it is for high-level nuclear waste. I have concerns about the storage of nuclear waste and also about the transportation of the material to the site. I would particularly want assurances that any storage facility will not leak and contaminate the surrounding environment, particularly groundwater and aquifers.
I am also concerned that the rights of Aboriginal people, especially in relation to sacred sites, may be eroded for the purposes of this exercise. In The Advertiser today the traditional owners of one of the proposed sites have already expressed concern that the land will be poisoned and destroy the heritage held within the land. If this proposal goes ahead, I would want these issues to be at the forefront of the decision-making.
Undoubtedly, we cannot continue down the path of taxing our way to prosperity and we should explore other revenue streams. However, I am fundamentally opposed to sacrificing public health and safety for the sake of money. Some things cannot be bought and are simply more important than money. Having said that, I am not attracted to the amendment of the Hon. Peter Malinauskas and I will not be supporting the Hon. Mark Parnell's motion.