Australian Conservatives founder and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi used the party’s election campaign launch yesterday to call for an end to ego-driven politics and cults of personality.
The Advertiser reports Senator Bernardi formally announced the Conservatives’ major policies, centering on reopening debate on an outback nuclear waste repository.
He said the state should “take the ideological blinkers off” and embrace the concept of a nuclear waste storage repository which would generate up to $6.7 billion in gross state product.
That would in turn allow for $3 billion in annual taxes to be repealed and, over the next 100 years, pouring $445 billion into the state’s coffers.
“Imagine that legacy for our children ... to draw on in developing this state,” he said.
“We would be an economic powerhouse — we would be the strongest state in the Commonwealth.”
Senator Bernardi said the Conservatives also favoured permitting all forms of energy production, including nuclear power because renewable and green power were not enough for SA, and nor could the public place all its faith in Mr Musk and his Tesla battery.
“Elon Musk, I am convinced, is the monorail salesman from The Simpsons,” he said.
“When the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow, the power doesn’t flow.” The party’s state leader Dennis Hood said the policy represented a better way for the state and called on the Labor and Liberal parties to back nuclear exploration.
“We could be the Saudi Arabia of the south but the major parties have turned their backs on this opportunity,” he said.