Gary Gray, the ALP’s shadow resources minister, is very clear on the importance of the Royal
Commission as very much connected to Federal nuclear policy — even though the Commission pretends that it is only about the State of South Australia.
Labor veers towards the nuclear idea https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/labor-veers-towards-the-nuclear-option,7965 21 July 15 The SA Nuclear Royal Commission, the ALP’s postponement of its National Conference nuclear debate and the machinations of the Nuclear For Climate Declaration could herald Australia’s deeper involvement in the nuclear industry, writes Noel Wauchope.
1. July 24: Closing date for Stage One submissions to SA Royal Commission on the Nuclear Fuel Cycle… … on the subject of ‘Storage and Disposal of Nuclear Wastes’ (for South Australia) We can be confident that the global nuclear lobby will have put in wonderful submissions proposing South Australia to lead the world in inviting in nuclear wastes and setting up the (as yet non-existent) “Generation IV” nuclear reactors.
2. July 24: ALP’s National Conference begins in Melbourne There was a plan to hold a vigourous debate on reversing the party’s anti-nuclear policy. Australia is contractually bound to take back the very small amounts of wastes that originated from the Lucas Heights research nuclear reactor. That is being used as a “foot in the door” for expanding our uranium industry and taking back more radioactive wastes, plus getting the promised (geewhiz!) Gen IV reactors.
In a last ditch move to avoid a possible uproar about this, Labor’s pro-nuclear push has pulled back from this plan. For the moment only, one suspects.
Admittedly, this happened over a month earlier. However, the nuclear lobby is right now working hard on lobbying the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with this Declaration.
Australia’s hard-working and poorly funded anti-nuclear movement is currently concentrating on the South Australian Royal Commission. The Commission is looking increasingly like an arm of the global nuclear lobby. Because of its inadequacies, especially on nuclear wastes (set out very thoroughly here by South Australian Dennis Matthews) and its all too strong connections with the nuclear industry, this is a Royal Commission that might well sink without trace.
To a certain extent, I see this Royal Commission as a distraction from the other two events, which have much greater significance for Australia and for the world.
However, Gary Gray, the ALP’s shadow resources minister, is very clear on the importance of the Royal Commission as very much connected to Federal nuclear policy — even though the Commission pretends that it is only about the State of South Australia.
Quoted in The Australian, (18/07/15), Gray explained:
“… it was better to wait for the report of the Royal Commission.”
Meanwhile, Gray and other nuclear proponents will also have time to work on making Labor parliamentarians “more sympathetic” to nukes.
Gray, speaking on ABC Radio:……..”I think this is a good Royal Commission and I am hopeful that the Inquiry will produce decisions and a direction that’s beneficial for nuclear industries.”
In this discussion, it was clear that the pro-nuclear enthusiasts in the Labor Party regard the Royal Commission as “setting the template” for nuclear policy in Australia.
In the same radio interview, Rob Parker talked about the Nuclear For Climate Declaration.
The most important aim of this campaign is to get the UNFCCC to
“… recognise nuclear energy as a low-carbon energy option, and to include it in its climate funding mechanisms, as is the case for all other low-carbon energy sources.”
Here we see how this ties in with the South Australian Royal Commission…..the global nuclear industry is hanging on the hope that nuclear power will receive government funding when and if it is recognised by the UNFCCC as a clean energy source, apparently essential for combatting global warming.
Certainly, Gary Gray and Rob Parker connected all three events. Gray and the other nuclear enthusiasts will continue to push for pro-nuclear changes to policy. According to Beyond Nuclear, the policy changes they want include facilitating:
- the importation, storage and disposal of international nuclear waste; and
- all aspects of the nuclear industry except domestic nuclear power (that is uranium enrichment/fuel fabrication/reprocessing/waste conditioning)………