South Australian NXT senator Rex Patrick has questioned the federal government’s decision to move sites in Kimba into phase two of the consultation process for a national nuclear waste facility.
Mr Patrick, a former Whyalla resident, has been in the senate for just over a month, after taking over from his boss, Nick Xenophon.
In a motion expected to be moved on Wednesday, Mr Patrick reminded the Senate of the facts leading up to Resources Minister Matthew Canavan’s decision to move Kimba into phase two of consultation.
He included Mr Xenophon’s question about the meaning of broad community support, to which Mr Canavan said while there was no definitive figure, Kimba would need to receive similar support to Hawker.
However, Mr Patrick said Mr Canavan made the decision to move Kimba into phase two, despite the vote receiving just 57 per cent support.
Mr Martin requested Mr Canavan provide the brief that was provided to him by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, which was used to make the decision regarding the two nominated Kimba sites.
He requested the brief be given to the senate no later than 3.30pm on Thursday.
Mr Patrick was present at the Don’t Dump on SA rally at Parliament House in Adelaide on Saturday where he spoke to the attendees.