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Standing in solidarity on nuclear waste
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The topic of nuclear waste repositories is one that has recently garnered a lot of attention in South Australia – in the public sphere, the media, and the Uniting Church community.
The ongoing debate about nuclear waste gained momentum with the recent announcement of a federally-backed plan to establish a low waste nuclear storage facility in the Flinders Ranges. Additionally, the South Australian Government has begun a consultation process to gauge community attitudes about establishing an international nuclear waste management industry for South Australia. This would incorporate management of medium to high level waste, following recommendations from the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.
This significant issue has also been a matter of debate for members of the Uniting Church in South Australia.
At their meeting on Friday 9 September, the Uniting Church SA Standing Committee formally agreed to stand in covenantal solidarity with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) on the issue of nuclear waste repositories in South Australia. The Standing Committee’s decision was informed by previous discussions of this topic by members of the Presbytery and Synod of South Australia.
Initial proposals relating to nuclear waste were presented on behalf of the UAICC at the June 2016 Presbytery and Synod meeting. Consensus was reached on two proposals, including a request that Moderator Dr Deidre Palmer progress a process for members to explore the issue of nuclear waste repositories at a special Synod meeting.
The special Synod meeting was held on Friday 19 August at Adelaide West Uniting Church. Although it drew a large gathering, member numbers fell just short of a voting quorum, and the event was held as a forum on the topic of nuclear waste, rather than a special Synod meeting.
Seven knowledgeable speakers shared their insights at the forum event, discussing what a nuclear waste repository would mean for communities locally, nationally and internationally. Opportunity was given for attendees to ask questions of the speakers and to engage in discussion with one another. The covenanting relationship between the UAICC and the wider Uniting Church community was particularly emphasised at this event.
The two proposals approved at the June Presbytery and Synod meeting, along with those approved at the September Standing Committee meeting, form the basis of the Uniting Church SA’s current stance towards nuclear waste repositories in South Australia. The approved proposals are as follows:
That the Synod:
Listen to and acknowledge the concerns and opposition that UAICC are expressing about proposed nuclear waste repositories in South Australia. (Passed in June)
Request the Moderator to progress a process for Presbytery and Synod members to explore the issues of nuclear waste repositories and a special meeting of Synod be convened for decision making on this matter. (Passed in June)
Stand in covenantal solidarity with UAICC to oppose the proposed nuclear waste repository at Barndioota (Flinders Ranges) South Australia. (Passed in September)
Stand in covenantal solidarity with UAICC to oppose the SA Royal Commission’s proposed nuclear waste facilities. (Passed in September)
Members of the Uniting Church SA community are encouraged to learn more about nuclear waste and its management, particularly in relation to the proposed federal low level waste repository, and the state government’s proposal for a medium/high nuclear waste repository.
Upcoming events will explore the topic of nuclear waste repositories further, and will encourage community engagement and conversations.
An upcoming event at Brougham Place Uniting Church will provide one such opportunity. The event will be held on Wednesday 28 September at 7pm, and will feature a keynote address from Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), the Royal Commissioner for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. Others featured on the event panel include Frank H Lampard OAM (Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement), Dr Deidre Palmer (Moderator of the Uniting Church SA), and Craig Wilkins (Conservation SA Chief Executive).
A National Day of Action will provide another opportunity to discuss this topic, and will be held on Saturday 15 October.
All are encouraged to gather knowledge, ask questions and encourage others to engage with this significant issue.
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