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Fossil Fool Bulletin • 10 March 2020
Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has urged North Coast residents to help her kill off the Nationals’ plans to build nuclear power plants in places like Tweed Heads and Coffs Harbour with the same determination shown to defeat Coal Seam Gas mining.
Saffin accused Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro of dangerous behaviour in supporting One Nation Leader Mark Latham’s bill in the Upper House lifting the ban on uranium mining and nuclear energy in New South Wales.
“By supporting this Bill, his former visit overseas to gather information and support for his nuclear cause, John Barilaro has well and truly opened the door to nuclear power plants in coastal communities on the North Coast. The Deputy Premier it seems is in control and Premier Gladys Berejeklian seems to have lost control,” Saffin said.
“I fought the Nationals off when I was Federal Member for Page to stop them then from going nuclear, damming and diverting the Clarence River, mining the Northern Rivers for Coal Seam Gas (CSG), and with the help of the people, I will fight them again.
Environment-destroying industries rejected on North Coast
“I remain rock solid against all industries that would deplete and destroy our water table and water, and our rich food bowl that supports thousands of agricultural jobs.
“I have been fighting the plastic bottled water industry, which wants to take water meant for our local communities and our farmers.
“And now the Nats are embracing nuclear power … they keep marching us backwards and have no plans for water protection, no plans for cheap energy that they bang on about, and no plans for country New South Wales.”
Saffin said Barilaro had announced his nuclear policy support on the run on Sky News, blindsiding Premier Berejeklian, who during Question Time on Wednesday could not state her Government’s true position on nuclear power.
“I stand shoulder to shoulder with Shadow Minister for the North Coast and Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Adam Searle MLC, who has confirmed a McKay Labor Government will maintain a ban on uranium exploration, extraction and export,” Saffin said.
Regional nuclear wastelands
Searle said regional and coastal communities now faced the grim prospect of becoming a nuclear power wasteland, after the Liberal-National Government signalled a shift to nuclear power. Saffin backed Searle’s view that the North Coast would never embrace nuclear energy, largely, she said, because it posed a direct threat to the environment, community safety and local and regional economies.