By Andrew Bolt ~
Why has it taken the Australian Labor Party 17 years to even consider a plan first forward by Pangea and howled down then by anti-nuclear hysterics?
Why did the Labor Party surrender billions of dollars and thousands of jobs over so many years, when its duty was to confront the fake scares pushed by anti-nuclear campaigners?
But I’ve said before that the difference between a conservative and the Left is often just time. So today we read:
Bill Shorten (Leader of the Australian Labor Party) has set down federal Labor’s conditions for supporting the creation of an international high-level nuclear waste dump on the Australian mainland, warning the issue should not languish in the “too hard basket”.
South Australia’s royal commission into the nuclear fuel cycle yesterday urged swift action on the proposal, if there was adequate community support. The state government has promised a decision by the end of the year on whether to pursue such a facility.
Any South Australian facility — to store high-level waste from other countries — would be separate from a planned commonwealth site to store domestic low-level and intermediate waste…
Federal Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg said the plan was “huge economic opportunity” for South Australia, possibility generating economic activity of $5 billion a year and more than 5000 jobs.
By very clear about what is happening here.
For years we had politicians too scared to defy a baseless and almost religious crusade against anything nuclear. For years we had journalists – not least in Australia’s ABC media – effectively campaigning against any nuclear waste facility.
And now we’re told these facilities are actually safe and earn us a fortune. Now we have Labor Party leaders who have changed their mind without explaining how they were once so gripped by unreason – or merely rank populism.
What does that say about our politicians and the media class?
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.