Premier calls for nuclear referendum

Premier Jay Weatherill has announced a referendum into a proposed nuclear waste facility in South Australia.

The move follows a consultation roadshow that visited regional areas last month and engaged with 50,000 South Australians on the controversial issue. 

Mr Weatherill said that if broad social consent were to be achieved through a referendum, local Aboriginal people would be given a final right of veto on any future facility.

This final right of veto would exist if a proposed facility would impact upon their lands and would not be overridden by the broader community.

The Labor Party has yet to change its policy on this matter, but at the recent party convention, the premier was permitted to continue the public consultation process

The Government’s full response to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission will be delivered in the Parliament tomorrow.

“I believe continued public debate about South Australia’s role in the nuclear fuel cycle is important and ultimately it is a matter that the people should decide, not political parties,” Mr Weatherill said.

“As I have previously stated, a large and controversial issue such as this would always be a test of our democracy.”

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