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Simms in the Senate Update - June 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers Senator Robert Simms' recent work on promoting green jobs for SA, protecting the Great Australian Bight, standing with the community against a nuclear waste dump in regional SA, phasing out live animal export, and the latest campaign news on marriage equality, Safe Schools, tertiary education, and more.

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A process not a postcode for nuclear waste

Scott Ludlam 10 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens would containerise nuclear waste at Lucas Heights waste facility while an independent, national inquiry into radioactive waste production and management was undertaken.

The dedicated public inquiry would investigate best possible management options for storing nuclear waste, consideration of waste minimisation options while maintaining the federal legislative prohibitions on the importation, storage and disposal of international nuclear waste.

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SA Greens join with traditional owners in saying ‘no’ to waste dump

State and Federal South Australian Greens are calling on the community to stand together with traditional owners who are fighting against having a nuclear waste dump on culturally significant land near the Flinders Ranges.

The Greens acknowledge that Australia must take responsibility for managing our own nuclear waste, however the Government has not made the case for dumping it in outback South Australia. The Greens have called for Lucas Heights waste to continue to be stored on site and for hospital waste to be properly audited and only moved if found to be unsafely stored.

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Removing bans on nuclear industry senseless and short-sighted: Australian Greens

Robert Simms 17 Feb 2016

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms has slammed Family First Senator Bob Day's suggestion that federal laws preventing the expansion of the nuclear industry be removed.

"Senator Day's suggestion that we remove federal bans on the nuclear industry is senseless and short sighted. Removing these kind of safeguards would clearly not be looking out for our home state of South Australia," Senator Simms said.

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Federal Government should rule out Labor's nuclear plan

Robert Simms 3 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens are alarmed by Minister Greg Hunt's suggestion that SA could become a site for nuclear power generation and waste storage and have called on the Minister to rule it out.

"SA Labor risk trashing South Australia's brand as a clean and green state with their nuclear vision. We are building a reputation for healthy living and quality local food production. Going nuclear would cast a long shadow over that," South Australian Greens Senator, Robert Simms said.

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