Letters to the editor

Too good to be true

Thanks to South Australian Senator Rex Patrick, the federal Senate inquiry has uncovered many serious flaws in the selection process to establish a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) in South Australia.

Why must we take for granted the half-truths the Department of Industry are selling us.

While supposedly operating under the guidelines of ‘world’s best practice’.

Let’s look at just a few issues.

The massive increase in jobs defies logic for anyone to comprehend.

In 2010 it only took six people to manage a national low-level dump.

Some extras for security if there were higher levels of waste.

In 2016, eight to 15 jobs, depending on what time you joined in the ‘process’.

There are now 45 jobs to do the same as what was planned in 2010.

During the last two and a half years, the public have been led to believe there will be mostly gowns, syringes, medical instruments etc coming to a low-level dump.

This has been the main focus on the reason why we need a NRWMF.

It is now accepted that without the much more dangerous, long-lived intermediate level

waste coming, there will be very little benefits to either region as stated by the ANSTO chief executive officer.

The intermediate waste is only “temporary” so if it goes to its final home, then there goes the 39 jobs with it.

The low-level waste dump at Mt Walton in Western Australia has no staff on site.

The department have no disposal plan for intermediate-level waste as it is too cost prohibitive to build one.

However, the department says they will look for a site, after a low-level waste site is built. Will this happen?

Governments and policies do change which can have huge effects on government facilities.

To help us make up our mind on what we don’t really know what we are getting or for how

long or if at all, we have the added incentive of $31 million dollars to help us. Maybe.

The two regions are being asked to vote on an issue which keeps changing all the time and it could have major implications locally and to the rest of South Australia.

If neither region gets selected will the minister start a new search in Australia with the

guarantee of 45 jobs and $31 million dollars for a national low-level dump, or will it revert back to the eight to 15 jobs but only if the intermediate level comes as well.

Have your say to the Department of Industry Innovation and Science. Send a submission to radioactivewaste@industry.gov.au and it may help Resources and Northern Australia Minister Canavan with his decision to abort his political motive for a dump and rethink this whole process.



Committed to rebuilding training

Comments in the Eyre Peninsula Tribune on August 2, by Sydney based Labor Senator Doug Cameron fail to understand South Australia’s TAFE debacle under our previous Labor state government.

Senator Cameron neglected to identify that as fast as his government threw money at the state owned and controlled TAFE sector the state withdrew support and spent it in other areas.

The maladministration of the Rudd/Gillard years was never more graphically illustrated than the disaster the FEE-HELP scheme became, which in turn helped cause the collapse of training numbers.

Just before the state election an audit by the national regulator revealed qualifications in at least 10 TAFE courses were not reaching a certifiable level, effectively delivering useless pieces of paper to students.

Since the change of government here the entire TAFE board has been replaced.

At federal and state level we are committed to rebuilding our training capacity and that is what our latest announcements are about.

I stand firmly by my comments that thousands of apprenticeships will be created from the huge $90 billion Continuous Naval Ship Building Program in South Australia and I am proud of the role I played along with my South Australian Federal Liberals to secure it in this state.


Federal Member for Grey

Greed costs

We have just sat through two lots of history on the nuclear waste dump and how the laws and land have changed.

Two million dollars spent in Kimba and Hawker.

I can't believe there is still 50-60 years room at Lucas Heights for low and intermediate level waste.

We would have to wait years for a licence here which would cause more stress.

The government want to put this in Kimba or Hawker.

Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said to me in a letter the government anticipated the waste would only last for 100 or 1000 years and would only be temporary until they found a place for it could stay for ever.

At what expense and why would we leave this for our great great great grandchildren to sort this out?

The tax money spent on people coming and going, the flights, day trips for school children to Lucas Heights, a three day a week secretary in a special office and now $31 million for towns for this and that.