The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports:
SA Nuclear dump debate to go before citizens’ juries
South Australia will randomly select 400 people to sit on citizens’ juries to consider the state’s approach to its nuclear future.
The juries are part of a public relations exercise Premier Jay Weatherill said would cost less than $1 million this financial year and there would be additional spending after that.
The announcement came a day after the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission report said plans for a high-to-intermediate-level waste dump should be actively pursued, if the public wants it.
Mr Weatherill said it was important to have “the fullest and most mature debate that we can possibly organise”.
“It is deliberately extensive process because we believe there couldn’t be a more important question that faces the South Australian community,” he said.
“Ultimately it’s a matter for government about what it chooses to do.”
A jury of 50 people will identify key questions
Invitations will be sent this week to 25,000 people seeking an expression of interest in the juries.
One jury will include 50 people to identify questions to be considered during the debate and another 350 people will be asked to evaluate feedback after state-wide consultation.
Mr Weatherill announced the “Nu-Clear” campaign to promote discussion and said an independent advisory board would soon be appointed to guide the consultation process, with a new government agency set up to facilitate the discussion.
He said there was a need to have bipartisan support for whatever decision the Government made.
“This is going nowhere if it is going to be the subject of political controversy because no serious investor will cooperate with us,” Mr Weatherill said.
“No international partner will want to be part of entering into what is a long term and extraordinary expensive set of investments if they don’t think the community is going to be able to deliver on them. And so the community needs to accept this.[“]