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Labor MPs dump on party membership in nuclear vote

Penny Wright 12 Feb 2015

Labor Senators have today voted against their own party platform on nuclear policy, voting down a motion by Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright opposing nuclear development in SA.

The motion quoted directly from the Labor Party's National Platform which says nuclear power presents "unique and unprecedented hazards and risks" and is at odds with Premier Jay Weatherill's recent announcement.

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Opposing nuclear power in SA

Penny Wright 12 Feb 2015

1)      opposes the establishment of nuclear power plants in Australia, based on the best available expert advice;

2)      recognises that the production of uranium and its use in the nuclear fuel cycle presents unique and unprecedented hazards and risks, including:

i.                     threats to human health and the local environment in the mining and milling of uranium;

ii.                   the generation of products that are usable as the raw materials for nuclear weapons manufacture; and

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Estimates: compensation for nuclear veterans questions

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 
Department of Veterans' Affairs 

20 November, 2013

Senator WRIGHT: I am just interested to know: is the issue of expanding compensation for veterans of the nuclear testing at Maralinga in the 1950s and 1960s under consideration by the Department of Veterans' Affairs?

Mr Lewis: Not that I am aware of.

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