Australian Conservatives leader Senator Cory Bernardi is putting the nuclear cycle back on the agenda, saying many MPs privately support the idea.
“Privately the members of the major parties, including some in the Nick Xenophon team, support this because it is a way to deliver future prosperity for our state,” Senator Bernardi told radio station FIVEaa. “It is a game changer economically for our state.”
He said his party’s “comprehensive, fully costed” plan for a repository would eliminate the need for many state taxes.
“And then you would still have billions of dollar left to pay off Labor’s debt, to invest in hospitals, roads, emergency services. It would make us the state with the lowest cost of living," he said.
"We would become the economic powerhouse of the Commonwealth and people would beat a path to our door to relocate their businesses here."
“We’re the only party with a plan like this for South Australia,” Senator Bernardi said in a “scathing” rebuke of state Liberal leader Steven Marshall’s “political opportunism” for walking away from the Weatherill government’s royal commission into the nuclear cycle.