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Thursday, 12 July

22:05

Barry Wakelin asks those very hard questions about the Kimba/Hawker nuclear waste dump plan Antinuclear

request the Australian National Audit Office to examine the use of taxpayers money at Kimba and Hawker for the purpose of encouraging the locals to see things the governments way on nuclear waste.

Any one who treated the government view with other than a YES was treated abysmally and certainly with not one cent of taxpayer largesse to make the alternative case. It has been a disgrace to our democracy.

Is it reasonable for the government to claim as has been made within the process, that Kimba can become a 300 year government supported town based on nuclear waste?

the government moves their Campaign Office in to the Main Street, to promote the propaganda of the benefits of a dump, which no one else in Australia wants.

Barry Hugh Wakelin Submission TO THE SENATE ECONOMICS COMMITTEE REFERENCE COMMITTEE SUBMISSION TO SENATE ENQUIRY ON THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Senate Committee submission by Barry Hugh Wakelin Section 10 Hundred of Barna, County of Buxton from the District Council of Kimba, South Australia. (Submission No.23)

My name is Barry Wakelin, I was born at Kimba in 1946. Raised on a wheat/sheep farm at Kimba, Schooled to Year 10 at Kimba, first job as a bank clerk at Kimba, labourer, shearer, share-farmer, farmer and Federal MHR for 15 years in Kimba, W.A. and Australia. Have a farm with my wife a few kilometres from a nuclear dump site at Kimba. I am committed to Kimba and farming from a love of the place; local government backed us to have a reliable electricity supply when we had nothing other than their trust in us as c...

18:33

Greg Bannon demolishes the case for Kimba/Hawker nuclear waste dump, in a trenchant Submission Antinuclear

This is a National issue and a National problem. Small, remote communities, whether at Kimba, the Flinders Ranges or anywhere else, should never be expected to make the decision alone to accept the toxic by-products of one industrys lifetime production.

Nuclear Medicine: It was impressed on the community that a primary reason for the NRWMF is the need to dispose of Australias radioactive medical waste. DIIS is the only official source of information, some of which implies that procedures such as CAT scans, X-Rays, and cancer treatments require the  use of radioactive isotopes. Plain scans, X-Rays and a vast majority of cancer treatments do not use such isotopes.

It is a genuine and valid concern that ILRW may become stranded at this facility for any number of reasons.

ILRW has been the elephant in the room from the Day 1 of this process. The emphasis has been on Low Level Radioactive Waste and, even today, people in our community say it is a low level waste dump.

Submission from: Greg Bannon, Resident of Quorn, Flinders Ranges Council Region, Barndioota Site to SENATE ECONOMICS REFERENCES INQUIRY National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (Submission no. 85)   13 attachments

I have connections to this region that go back to the late 1950s. My family first visited Wilpena Pound on a holiday in 1958. The following year, on a return visit to Wilpena with some overseas friends, my younger...

16:47

Submission from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) tells how good ANSTO is Antinuclear

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the
site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia (Submission No 58)

 

(This submission does not seem to address the Terms of Reference directly. )

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is Australias national nuclear research and development organisation, and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. ANSTO operates a large proportion of Australias landmark research infrastructure, including the OPAL multipurpose reactor, the Australian Synchrotron, the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, and the Centre for Accelerator Science. This infrastructure places Australia at the forefront of research and innovation for the benefit of public health, industry and the environment, and is used by universities, researchers andindustry from around Australia and internationally.

ANSTO applies its unique expertise to the production of lifesaving nuclear medicine as well as research into areas of national importance. Research areas include the environment, climate change, water resource management, materials engineering and human health.

ANSTO welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Economics References Committees inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) at sites near Kimba and Hawker in South Aust...

16:21

Regional Development Australia Far North sits fairly firmly on the fence regarding nuclear waste dump sit selection Antinuclear

There are approximately 1,770 residing in the broader community area, and this original survey result now only represents 16.5% of the population.

the views of the wider population who visit, pass through and stay in these areas could be considered in the overall picture as an element in a broad consultation process.

whilst a Statewide viewpoint has a role, it should not be a deciding factor

 

Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North)  SUBMISSION FOR SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA Submission No 41

Background Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North) is a not-for-profit incorporated association governed by a volunteer Board comprised from local people with a skills mix across industry, business, government and community.

Our role is to foster and enhance a robust, diversified, vibrant and growing economy across Far North SA through the timely and professional provision of economic development services.

RDA Far North maintains a neutral position in regards to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility proposal being considered within the region we cover. T...

15:28

Kimba District Council seems mainly concerned about getting finances and services, in return for hosting nuclear wastes Antinuclear

District Council of  KIMBA Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No.19) 

(I was not able to copy this submission, so have just put an excerpt here with the main points. )

Kimba council addresses Term of Reference e) Whether wider Eyre Peninsula or Statewide community views should be taken into consideration, and if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.

 Council remains of the view that its Local Government area represents the best reflection of the wishes of its community.

Kimba has been visited by  a multitude of experts..  Associate Professor Geoff Currie believed that Kimba was now one of the most educated communities in the country on radioactive waste.

Council would expect that the Australia Government would provide specificity on what financial and service benefits it will provide, and how these will be administered through the National radioactive waste Management Act (2012) before a final ballot occurs.

Without this information available, Council does not believe the community would be in a...

15:26

South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society seems unaware of Intermediate Level Waste for planned dump Antinuclear

South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS)  Submission to Senate Inquiry: Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No 66) __________________________________________________________________________________ The Australasian Radiation Protection Society is a professional society that promotes the principles and practice of radiation protection. It establishes and maintains professional standards amongst its members and advises on safe use of radiation for its many applications in industry, research and medicine.

Until now the Society has not had direct input to the National Radioactive Waste Management Project. It has viewed the public consultation process as one carried out between the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the local communities who have put forward sites for consideration under the project.

This submission relates to points (b) and (e) of the Terms of Reference, ie in relation to the discussion around the definition of broad community support and the question as to whether the community views of the whole the Eyre Peninsula or the whole of South Australia should be taken into consideration.

While the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry are narrowly targeted to the site selection process it is important that this process is viewed in the light of two major aims of the Project:

  • For Australia to meet its responsibilities...

15:24

South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) supports the plan for nuclear waste dump for Kimba or Hawker Antinuclear

 

South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) Submission to Senate re the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (submission No 69)

The South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics selection process for a national waste management facility in South Australia.

 By way of general comment, SACOME recognises that a majority of residents in Kimba and Hawker have expressed their support for the proposed facility; and that the site selection process continues to be rigorous and focused on genuine community engagement.

SACOME notes that the Commonwealth Government has clearly stated that it will not impose a national radioactive waste facility on an unwilling community and expresses strong support for this position as a guiding principle in the site selection process. SACOMEs specific comments are limited to the following terms of reference:

  1. e) Whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.

 SACOME views the site selection process as one that is specifically relevant to those local communities identified as possible site locations. As such, the views of the wider community are secondary to those of...

15:10

Grattan goes denialist "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Reading the reactions to the incoherent report on electricity pricing from the ACCC, I was struck by this quote from Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute, writing in the Oz 

Australians need energy policy that is driven by neither green evangelism for renewables nor a deep-seated fear to protect the role of coal for baseload power.

Green evangelism is rhetoric straight out of the denialist camp, associated with the bogus claim that climate change is not science but a religion   The content of the piece bears this out. Wood opposes any form of subsidy for renewables and (by omission) any price on carbon emissions. He advocates a policy that is the policy is indifferent to the technology mix, whether new-build or the extension of the operating life of an existing, newer coal-fired plant.

This is centrism at its worst. Faced with a choice between an evidence-based response to climate change and culture-war proposals to actively subsidise the destruction of the global environment, Grattan has gone for the middle course of doing nothing whatsoever about climate change.

 

09:09

PORGERA MINE DISPUTE UNRESOLVED "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

breaches of the MOA, has caused negative impacts on the social, environmental and economic lives of the Porgera landowners

Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea Inc | 9 JULY 2018

Although the Porgera Joint Venture has recently applied for the renewal of their Special Mining Lease, a majority of the landowners whose lands are the subject of the mining lease, are maintaining a dispute for breaches of various agreements, laws and the constitution of PNG under the previous lease.

On 13th December 2013, the Porgera Special Mining Lease area landowners presented a position statement to the former Minister for Mining, Hon. Byron Chan, after Australian lawyers conducted a review in relation to the compliance of their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated 12th May 1989, with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The statement claimed that the landowners were owed more than four billion United States dollars (US$4billion) worth of unfulfilled contractual undertakings by the State.

The posit...

08:58

Video: Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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Video from The Juice Media

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08:34

Extinct spectacled cormorant, new discovery "IndyWatch Feed World"

Geographic locations of Bering Island and Shiriya. The red area indicates the possible past distribution of the spectacled cormorant, eventually residing only on Bering Island. Credit: Kyoto University / Junya Watanabe

From Kyoto University in Japan:

Giant, recently extinct seabird also inhabited Japan

Spectacled cormorants distribution much broader than previously believed

July 11, 2018

Scientists report that a large, extinct seabird called the spectacled cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus originally thought to be restricted to Bering Island, far to the north also resided in Japan nearly 120,000 years ago.

Writing in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, the team indicates that the species underwent a drastic range contraction or shift, and that specimens found on Bering Island are relicts remnants of a species that was once more widespread.

The global threat of human activity on species diversity is grave. To correctly assess related extinction events, it is imperative to study natural distributions before first contact with humans. This is where archaeological and fossil records play crucial roles.

The spectacled cormorant, a large-bodied seabird first discovered in the 18th century on Bering Island, was later driven to extinction through hunting, following colonization of the island by humans in the early 1800s.

Before our report, there was no evidence that the cormorant lived outside of Bering Island, explains first author Junya Watanabe of Kyoto Universitys Department of Geology and Mineralogy.

Studying bird fossils recovered from Shiriya, Aomori prefecture, Watanabe and his team identified 13 bones of the spectacled cormorant from upper Pleistocene deposits, formed nearly 120,000 years ago.

It became clear that we were seeing a cormorant species much larger than any of the four native species in present-day Japan, states co-author Hiroshige Matsuoka. At first we thought this might be a new species, but these fossils...

05:14

RSPO fails to deliver on environmental and social sustainability, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Oil palm plantations that adhere to the worlds leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found. The study carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), both in Australia, and Borneo Futures is the first of its kind to assess how effective the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is in achieving its sustainability goals by comparing certified and non-certified concessions. To do that, they created the most comprehensive map and dataset yet of RSPO-certified sites in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. They then used the map and dataset to assess how effectively these plantations delivered on six of the eight central pillars of the RSPOs principles and criteria: conservation of biodiversity, responsible development of new plantings, responsible consideration of communities, consideration of social impacts, economic viability, and commitment to best practice. Not very well, as it turned out. No significant difference was found between certified and non-certified plantations for any of the sustainability metrics investigated, the researchers wrote. In fact, the only area where RSPO certification made a positive impact was in higher yields and share prices for certified companies. [O]ur results suggest that low confidence in the [RSPOs] mechanisms for improving overall industry sustainability appears warranted in all but very narrow and economically-oriented interpretations of sustainability, the researchers concluded. Global demand for products like

02:01

Chairman Mal going on about "climate policy" as if he can dial up the global temperature "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia needs reliable, cheap energy. We've got coal, mines and railways to ship it - so what are we waiting for? What we don't need is feel-good, expensive, UN-friendly, trendy schemes to appease the climate-gods. Turnbull has as much chance of changing the global climate as he does changing global...

Wednesday, 11 July

17:55

Name Withheld (Submission No 92) fears Barndioota might end up stuck with Intermediate Level stranded nuclear wastes Antinuclear

Name Withheld (Submission No 92)To the Senate standing committee on Economics, re Selection Process for nuclear Waste Dump Site  Firstly I would like to thank the standing committee for the forum to express the communities thoughts on this process. I have been a resident of Quorn in the beautiful Flinders Ranges for the past thirteen years. I consider myself lucky to live in such a stunning and geologically fascinating natural environment.

 I would like to acknowledge that as a former resident of Woomera at the time when the current temporary low level nuclear waste was forced onto that community, that this current process is a significant improvement.
 However I still hold deep concerns and frustrations about this current process.
The fact that one person is able to offer a piece of land up for consideration and subject the whole community to this stressful process, is deeply unfair. The initial choice should come from the community as a whole, to undertake this process. One person should not be able to subject a whole community to such a divisive issue. Our communities are already under stress with the closure of the Leigh Creek mine and the Port Augusta power station. I also have concerns that in the Barndioota case, that the landholder has formerly been extensively involved with the Liberal party in the past. I consider that a conflict of interest that has undermined my trust in this process. 
This process has had a divisive affect on our communities. A divide has been creative between those that have concerns that are not being adequately...

17:53

Name Withheld (Submission No. 90) has serious concerns about the nuclear waste dump plan Antinuclear

Name Withheld (Submission No. 90) Inquiry into selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:

a) the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines Financial compensation for land acquired for the radioactive waste facility should be at current land value. Land owners have been invited to apply to sell their land for the repository.
Taxpayer funded compensation above land value risks allegations of coercion. 
b) how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including: 
: i) the definition of broad community support Broad community support, in respect of radioactive waste management, must go beyond the immediate communities of Hawker and Kimba. 
At the very least there should be support from the whole South Australian community. A  central waste facility requires waste to be transported by road, rail, sea and air. At the very least the communities through which radioactive waste will transit should be consulted.
ii) how broad community support has been or will be determined for each process advancement stage
...

17:51

ORIMA Research submission re nuclear waste dump siting- all about their survey methods Antinuclear

ORIMA Research Submission to Senate Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No 108)

We are aware that a number of submissions have been made to the Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia which have been questioning or critical of the surveys ORIMA Research conducted for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

 We find this quite understandable given the sensitivity of the subject matter to many people in the communities involved, and the quite technical nature of the work that we conducted. However, as specialist providers of these services, we remain very confident that the methodologies and processes we employed delivered the most reliable indicators of sentiment in each community possible within the constraints of the situation, which was our brief.
It is important to note in considering the comments made about the surveys to the inquiry that they relate primarily to just one of the five communities which the sentiment survey covered, Barndioota in SA. The five communities had quite different characteristics in terms of population, geography and potentially relevant boundaries. The Barndioota site was located in the smallest of the five communities, a fact which is relevant to considering some of the points raised about the survey in the submissions and responded to below.
ORIMA worked to the requirements of the Department (and the Independent Advisory Panel, IAP) to design and deliver a methodology that could be consistently and reasonably be applied to all five communities simultaneously (and indeed, with consideration to the potential need to replicate the methodology to produce comparable results in other communities in the future if necessary). In practice, this meant that the standardised methodology applied is not necessarily the same one which would have been used if a single community had been the sole focus. The use of different methods across communities would have failed to deliver on the key requirement of the Department to have reliable, comparable data. This is important, because it means that any methodological suggestions that could have been considered for Barndioota would also have had to be practical in the four other communities for them to have been viable for the task and this is the primary answer to some of the questions raised around the method specifically for Barndioota (such as around sampling and data collection methods).
While we understand that in each of the communities surveyed there will inevitably be individuals displeased by the results (whichever way they fell), the processes put in place were intended to provide the fairest possible indicator of the distribution of sentiment across...

17:49

Name Withheld (No 91) simplistic pro nuclear submission re nuclear waste dump plan Antinuclear

Name Withheld (Submission No  91) toSenate Standing Committees on Economics Re- Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility I have spent all my 60 plus years schooling, socialising and volunteering in the community of the Kimba district. I have spent all my working life in agriculture starting as a farm employee both on the family farm as well as on neighbours farms, before owning and managing the farm business along with my wife. I value the strength and functionality of our community and have a strong will to see this prosper into the future.

(a). The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines
The financial compensation offered to applicants is reasonable I believe. If its 4 times market value I calculate it would equate to about 10 years of lost production, ie after 10 years the applicant would be financially worse off. This is hardly overly generous in my view. One hundred hectares of farming land in this district is not a very big percentage of a farm unit, so is not a very big loss of total agricultural area. Most farm units are 2,000 5,000 hectares in this area.
(b). How the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process including i. The definition of broad community support and ii. How broad commu...

17:47

Name withheld (No 89)- another repetitive pro nuclear submission re nuclear waste dump siting Antinuclear

Name Witheld To: Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committee on Economics economics.sen@aph.gov.au Subject: Proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility (submission no 89)

 We have been residents of Kimba all our lives. We were born here, went to school here, married and have two young sons also born and raised in Kimba.
We are happy to provide the Committee with this submission relating to the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba.
 Personally, we have no objection to hosting a national radioactive waste facility on the two sites that have been nominated for selection in our Kimba District. The process seems to have been fair, information has been good, which leads us to feel we are making the right decision for our Community.
As young parents we feel the need for the community to broaden its horizons so that our children get the best schooling possible and, in future years, the employment opportunities needed to keep them in the area we love.
We have had ample time to avail ourselves of information about this facility, and if we need more information there is an office based in the town which is staffed two days a week. The staff from The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in this office are always happy to chat and provide information to answer our questions.
 There has been numerous meetings, several town meetings, and a French Delegation visited Kimba to give insight into living near a nuclear facility. There have been several meetings with Departmental members, some community members have had meetings with Minister Canavan, and there have been several opportunities for funded trips to ANSTO to learn more about waste storage.
Overall, there has been ample media coverage, newspaper, social media radio and television.
 We dont know what the community will decide in the end. We have had a vote to decide whether more information was required and we voted in favour of that. We needed the chance to learn more.
There has been talk of broadening the boundaries for a vote but what is happening in our community is for our Community and only our community. It is our back yard no one elses. We are residents here. We all have our opinions and feelings on this matter but have always been a close community and feel it always will be.
 We can only see positive outcomes for our town 
New jobs: This, might not be many, the talk is 15, but that may bring families with children and what a bonus for our school to have an...

17:45

Dolores Wells: nuclear waste dump will save Kimbas future: Shame on Vocal Anti-Nuclear Critics! Antinuclear

Dolores Wells. Submission to Senate standing committee on Economics Re Proposed Radioactive Waste Management Facility

My husband and I lived, worked and began our family in Kimba over 45 years ago and we still regularly visit Kimba to stay with family on their farm at Cortlinye (north of Kimba). This farm has been in the family for 3 generations and is currently owned by our son-in-law and our daughter. Any decision to grant the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to the Kimba district will not discourage or negatively affect our future visits to our family. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate Committee to answer further questions on the Kimba processes with particular reference to:

a). the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines.

I believe the financial compensation offered is not excessive and would be only a small percentage of future earnings from cropping and mixed farming and is in fact only a piece of an overall farm holding. No farmer would be a willing party to a perceived health risk for his family or future livelihood.

Over 45 years ago when my husband worked as Stock and station agent in Kimba it was a thriving country town and it is now in dire need of another industry to drought proof and ensure the continuation of this wonderful rural community. We have observed the trend of the small farmers struggling to survive (with the high cost of machinery, chemicals etc) and the larger farmer...

17:43

Shaun Barford approves of Nuclear Waste Dump Siting Process, thanks the caring Federal Government Antinuclear

Shaun Barford.  Submission to Senate Committee on Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Dump Site. (Submission no. 83) 

I write with regards to the senate inquiry into the site selection process for a national waste management facility in Kimba, South Australia.

 I am a local business owner and operate the Kimba Gateway Hotel located in the centre of town and have intently followed the process since this opportunity first came about in 2015. To date, I have found the process to be both appropriate and thorough and sincerely appreciate the time and resources dedicated by the Federal Government in providing the opportunity to become better informed across all aspects of this subject.

Our community has been offered the opportunity to:

  • Attend multiple public information sessions hosted by industry professionals
  • Meet with people from the Department weekly to discuss the facility Read newsletters and other factual information distributed in our letterboxes
  • Visit the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation to see how they manage and store waste safely and gain a better understanding of our own Nuclear Industry

The team from Canberra have gone to great lengths to provide the factual information to the community and continue to do so as we move through phase two. It is clear the process has been designed and implemented to provide a considered approach in informing and addressing the concerns of our local community. To acknowledge the possi...

17:43

Kerri Cliff shows a touching faith in Rowan Ramsey and the whole ANSTO pro nuclear propaganda Antinuclear

Kerri and Trevor Cliff Submission to Senate Inquiry re Selection Process  for Nuclear Waste Dump Site. (Submission No. 65)  I have lived in Kimba for the past 34 years as part of a family that has farmed in the district for 100 years and am proud to see our children continuing that tradition into the fourth generation. I live on our family farm which is currently cropping over 4,000 hectares annually, with my husband, son and full-time and part-time employees. We are fortunate to still have his parents take an avid interest in our business (and this issue) in their declining years. Our home is only 8km from one of the two Kimba sites and we also farm land within 12 kilometres of the other site. We have nothing but support for the proposal that one of these properties may become the successful host of the facility.

We are passionate about our community and are involved with a number of community organisations and are pleased to hereby submit information to the inquiry on the appropriateness and thoroughness of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) site selection process in Kimba SA. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate committee to answer any further questions on the Kimba process.

The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia, noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:

We are very proud to see the Kimba community embraci...

17:42

Department of Industry Innovation and Science Submission to Senate, (with emphasis on medical nuclear wastes) Antinuclear

Department of Industry Innovation and Science (DIIS)  Radioactive Waste Management TaskforceSubmission to the Senate Inquiry into the Site Selection Process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

(This submission has a supplementary submission, that I have been unable to copy. The supplement outlines the continuing consultation process.  The Kimba Council and Flinders Ranges Council will hold community votes from 20 August 2018, run by the Australian Electoral Commission. The supplement has copious attachments copied from the website of the National Radioactive waste Management Facility.)

Executive Summary 3

Background.. 7

Response to the Terms of Reference 9

  1. a) The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines&#8230...

17:41

Matthew and Meagan Lienert another declaration of faith in nuclear industry, ANSTO, ARPANSA, DIIS Antinuclear

Matthew and Meagan Lienert (No 53) Submission Senate Inquiry  Re Inquiry on the selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia

My name is Meagan Lienert and I write to you as a long term resident of Kimba SA. After moving to Kimba 21 years ago as a school teacher, I married Matthew Lienert, a grain and sheep farmer and we own property at Buckleboo (around 38km North of Kimba) and on the Eyre Highway (around 18 km west of Kimba). We also own a local Engineering business in Kimba and I teach at the school part time. We are happy for our submission to be published and also willing to talk further to the committee if necessary.

We feel we have a good knowledge of the area and the people within the local and wider community. We are very passionate and active volunteers supporting many groups and sporting bodies in executive positions or as members, which also allows us to speak to a wide range of ages and groups within the community.

Our support of a site near Kimba for the Low to Intermediate Radioactive Waste Storage Facility has derived from wide research, exploration and listening to a range of views and experts. It was only once we felt assured that this facility would be safe in the immediate and long term future, that we made our decision to support the nominations to move into round 2 of the process.

The com...

16:53

Lyn and Claire Kemp declare their faith in a nuclear waste dump for Kimba Antinuclear

Lyn & Claire Kemp (no 88) Submission To; Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committee on Economics re Proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility

We have been a resident in Kimba since 1959 and 1945 respectively. We are happy to provide the committee with this submission relating to the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in the Kimba District.

We have no objection to the hosting of a Radioactive Waste Facility on either of the sites chosen.

We think the process has been very fair and the information that has been made available to the residents has been good for the community.

The additional financial benefit to the land owner is minimal and has no bearing on any decision. Considering the government needs land for this project, this seems fair to us.

The community has had ample time to learn and discuss any issues about this facility with the staffed Office in the main street of Kimba.

There has been town meetings with our M.P. and delegations from overseas giving us an insight into what is involved and it is clear that there is no risk or impact on the farming industry at all neither locally or in the surrounding areas. I disagree that we need broader community views and believe we have no need to stret...

15:57

Peta Ashworth: vaguely supportive on Selection Process for Nuclear Dump Site Antinuclear

Professor Peta Ashworth School of Chemical Engineering University of Queensland Submission to Senate Re: Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

As co-Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) engaged by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DOIIS) to provide advice on technical and community engagement considerations for the establishment of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF), I am pleased to provide this submission to the Senate Inquiry (6th February, 2018 14th August, 2018).

(The first part of this submission describes the work of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP)

I have focused my response, based on each of the parts within the TOR which requests commentary about:

The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia, noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community.

I believe the open and transparent nature of the site selection process conducted by the Department was, and continues to be, appropriate and extremely thorough. This is clearly evidenced by all of the relevant information being made available and accessible on the D...

13:28

Nuclear power advocates are running out of fuel "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Thats the headline for my latest piece in Crikey, reproduced over the fold. Not really news for those whove been paying attention, but I was pleased with this observation

the latest nuclear power plants have the unfortunate distinction of being simultaneously untried and obsolescent.

Nuclear power advocates are running out of fuel

The diminishing band of nuclear power fans had some rare good news recently. Two of the leading designs for new nuclear power plants the AP1000, designed by US company Westinghouse, and the EPR, developed by Areva in France achieved criticality (that is, the state where nuclear fuel sustains a fission chain reaction) in June. Both the plants are in China, at Sanmen and Taishan respectively.

But good news for nuclear power is never unmixed, and thats certainly the case here. The construction process was as overtime and over-budget as usual, though not as badly as in the West, where construction of similar plants is running as much as a decade behind schedule. In the course of this protracted process, both Westinghouse and Areva have gone bankrupt.

These plants will require a fair bit of operating experience before it can be said whether they actually function as designed. Since the design took place in the 1980s and 1990s, the latest nuclear power plants have the unfortunate distinction of being simultaneously untried and obsolescent.

In the decades since the design process of Generation III and Generation III+ nuclear plants began, the technology of renewable energy generation has changed radically. The cost of solar photovoltaic cells has fallen from $30 per watt in the early 1980s to 30 cents a watt today, a factor of 100. The cost of wind power has declined by only a factor of 10 over the same period, but the outcome is costs far lower than that of new nuclear.

Outside China there are now only two AP1000 reactors under construction, both at Vogtle in the US state of Georgia. Another two-reactor plant in South Carolina was abandoned after the expenditure of billions of dollars. There are also two EPR reactors under construction, at Flamanville in France and Olkiluoto in Finland, both far behind schedule. Finally, theres a new plant proposed for Hinkley Point in the UK, which seems unlikely ever to happen, despite an absurdly favorable deal from the UK government.

India has held out the prospect of a rescue with statements of intent for a six-unit AP1000 plant to be built in Gujarat and a similar-sized EPR plant in Mahrashtra. These massive projects, similar to proposals for a dozen or more Ultra Mega coal fired power plants of...

13:02

U.S. judge allows lawsuits over Monsantos Roundup to proceed to trial Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare

From Robert Kennedy Jnr. Great news in our federal case against Monsanto (not to be confused with DeWayne Johnsons case in California Superior Court which we are currently trying before a San Francisco jury)!! The federal case consolidates some 300 cases of our clients who claim that Monsanto s herbicide Roundup caused their non Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL). Monsanto filed a so called Daubert motion for summary judgment dismissing our case on the basis that we failed to prove General Causation. In other words, that our theory that Roundup exposure causes NHL is not established science. Federal District Judge Vince Chhabria found that we had met our burden and gave us the green light to go on to the next phase, which is presenting our scientific and medical evidence on specific causationie demonstrating that our clients got their NHL from exposure to Roundup. We still have some discovery to complete before those cases go to trial. Meanwhile, both sides completed opening statements yesterday in DeWayne Johnsons case and we put our first witnesses on today.

The full article can be viewed here.

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12:54

The Path of resistance Public Event "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Path of resistance

First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou
Traditional Owners fight for their future

 

PUBLIC EVENT

6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM, 16th JULY 2018

State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, Level 2,

Stanley Place, South Brisbane 

 

This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.

The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.

This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature

~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson

~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson

with special guests

~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.

~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)

~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor

Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.

Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...

12:33

Denise Carpenter -in Hawker, anti-nuclear information has been refuted by experts Antinuclear

Denise Carpenter    Submission to Senate Inquiry on site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia.

I personally have no issues with the site selection process used in our area (Hawker). The following information is supplied in support of my opinion.

The land acquisition request was advertised in newspapers and everyone had the opportunity to put their land forward. The fact that neighbours have complained that they were not consulted is trivial as I would not consult with my neighbours if selling or renting my property.

The financial compensation offered to applicants for their land is minuscule 3 times current land value for the land acquired. In the case of Barndioota it is an area of only 100 hectares on a 25000 hectare property. Community support is an interesting aspect of this proposed repository. The site is remote to adjoining neighbours, to the closest towns and is not visible from the closest sealed road. The repository will no doubt have many positive implications to the towns in its proximity. The local community has had ample opportunity to avail themselves of any information they need to make an evaluated decision. I find it interesting that broad community support is being considered as I can only see positive outcomes for the community which acquires the reposit...

12:05

Ian Carpenter: nuclear waste dump would ensure survival of Hawker Antinuclear

Ian Carpenter. Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No.3)

I wish to make comments on the inquiry re the proposed nuclear repository in SA, in Hawker area more specifically.

As a long term resident of Hawker and having had two tourism businesses in Hawker, I am glad that the opportunity has arisen for Hawker to be considered as a location for a national repository

Re the land acquisition process. I am happy that this was well advertised and that the financial compensation for the area of land required is nominal and cant be seen as an incentive for any landowner to offer part of their property.

I really cant see why an Inquiry has been instigated as initially the community supported the idea and this was reflected in a ballot. Some of the local aboriginal people, the Adnymathanha, have voiced their opinions against it, but others have stated that they are in favour of it. Broad community support was established and heritage assessments, geological reports and cultural beliefs are all being taken into consideration.

The community benefit program has been embraced by people both for and against the repository as it has been seen as an opportunity to acquire financial assistance to enhance the services/businesses and employment opportunities in our area. I dont believe people are shallow enough to let this program influence their thoughts...

11:48

Chelsea Haywood sees nuclear waste dump as saving Hawker from a slow death Antinuclear

Chelsea Haywood. Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

My name is Chelsea Haywood and I purchased my house in Hawker 13 years ago. I lived in Waubra Victoria when the windfarm was in its proposal stage and was actively involved in the process of community education. I have 2 young children t1 that attends the school here, and the other just started pre entry at Kindy. Both my husband and myself work and devote a lot of our time to the community.

I am secretary of the Hawker Community Development Board, Chair of the Flindersfest Committee, Active on the Swimming Pool Committee while supporting my husband who is a volunteer ambo, on the EWG and BCC (both consulting committees for the project) how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including:

the definition of broad community support [she puts this in red]

broad community support should be kept to those that will be affected should this proposal move forward. By this I mean that there is no need to involve the entire state as it will not impact on them either way should the project go ahead or not. Those in the local area Hawker can already see the benefits such a facility can ha...

11:18

Computer/internet problems hampering this site Antinuclear

Temporary problem I hope that it will be fixed soon

09:46

Audio: How to use drones without stressing wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On this episode of the podcast we discuss the increasing use of drones by wildlife lovers, researchers, and businesses, how that might be stressing animals out, and how drone hobbyists can make a meaningful contribution to science while avoiding wildlife harassment. Listen here: Our guest is Alicia Amerson, a marine biologist, drone user, and science communicator. She tells us why its critical to have best practices for drones in place not only to guide hobbyists making videos of whales or birds, but especially before companies like Amazon.com deploy fleets of drones in our skies. After getting a Masters degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, Amerson spent two seasons on a research project flying drones over mother whales and their calves in Australia. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are a hot topic in conservation research these days. Theyre used to monitor coral reefs and wildlife for instance, and can actually be used to produce wildlife population counts much more quickly and accurately than traditional methods allow. But when Amerson returned home to California from Australia, she noticed the use of drones on the coastline was becoming much more common, especially among drone hobbyists and wildlife lovers. She was alarmed: wildlife like seabirds, seals, and sea lions on the California coast are often disturbed by humans, and the drones were just adding another level of disturbance. Thats when Amerson convened a group of experts to develop

08:01

Energy watchdog wants $40 power price cut "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP The energy watchdog wants power companies to cut up to $40 a year from bills, as Labor argues they must also show why an energy royal commission isnt necessary.

Coalition backbench MPs and the Greens are pressuring the government for a major inquiry into the energy industry, which has seen prices skyrocket for households and businesses.

Labor is yet to formally consider whether it wants to hold a royal commission.

Its up to the companies and the government to show a royal commission isnt necessary, Labor frontbencher Jim Chalmers told Sky News on Monday.

The Australian Energy Regulator on Tuesday released its draft guidelines for the rate of return companies can expect from their energy investments.

If the rate of return is too high, over-investment could follow and customers pay more than necessary. If it is too low insufficient investment may result, risking reliability, AER chair Paula Conboy said on Tuesday.

Companies have 50 days to respond to the new draft guidelines.

If implemented, this draft guideline could result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year, Ms Conboy said.

Cutting prices is the aim of the coalitions national energy guarantee policy, which is causing tension within the Liberal and National party rooms.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected calls for an energy royal commission, promising an illuminating Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report will be released this week.

Assistant minister Zed Seselja said he would wait and see if a another inquiry was necessary after the ACCCs findings.

The type of inquiry is not something Id get hung up on. What I want to see is maximum pressure put on (retailers), Senator Seselja told Sky News.

Hes confident Mr Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will get enough internal support to get the governments energy plan through the partyroom.

The Electrical Trades Union said report after report showed the Australian energy market was failing customers.

All of these reports continue to show us the laws that created this fabricated electricity market are a complete failure, national secretary Allen Hicks said.

Its unnecessarily complicated but deliberately so, so corporate interests can hide their profiteering.

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