Former Governor and nuclear royal commissioner Kevin Scarce says the time has come for Australia to “stand up as a nation”, urging action towards taking the Republic question back “to the people”.
No matter what his Citizen’s Juries decide, Premier Jay Weatherill will have to push ahead with a nuclear waste facility for South Australia or his legacy will be undermined, argues Tom Richardson.
South Australia will take a leap into the unknown with a nuclear future firmly on the agenda, after the release of the final report of the Scarce Royal Commission. The report emphasises the “safety” of increased participation in the nuclear fuel cycle – with a high-level global repository for spent fuel now a viable prospect – and the “significant and enduring economic benefits” to the local community.
Convinced that South Australia has an opportunity to harness a global coalition willing to invest in a safe storage solution for nuclear waste, a delegation of business and political leaders is winging its way back into Adelaide today after a whirlwind tour of sites in Europe – as Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce prepares to hand his final report to the Weatherill Government tomorrow.