Central Australia to get nuclear waste dump
The Northern Territory is set to house a national radioactive waste dump, after the federal coalition resolved to support government legislation. Opposition energy spokesman Nick Minchin on Tuesday said the coalition had long recognised the need for a central repository, but when in government, had its efforts frustrated by state Labor governments. “It is much more sensible for waste, resulting from medical and research procedures, to be stored in a secure, specifically designated facility rather than in an ad hoc fashion in various locations across the country, as is currently the case,” he said. Labor kept an election promise by repealing the coalition’s Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005.