South Australia will randomly select 400 people to sit on citizens’ juries to consider the state’s approach to its nuclear future.
The juries are part of a public relations exercise Premier Jay Weatherill said would cost less than $1 million this financial year and there would be additional spending after that.
The announcement came a day after the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission report said plans for a high-to-intermediate-level waste dump should be actively pursued, if the public wants it.
The report by commissioner Kevin Scarce was handed to the SA Government at the end of last week and made 12 recommendations.
They included pursuing a waste dump, simplifying mining approvals processes and seeking a relaxation of federal restrictions on nuclear power generation in Australia.
Mr Weatherill said it was important to have “the fullest and most mature debate that we can possibly organise”.
“It is deliberately extensive process because we believe there couldn’t be a more important question that faces the South Australian community,” he said.
“Ultimately it’s a matter for government about what it chooses to do.”
A jury of 50 people will identify key questions
Invitations will be sent this week to 25,000 people seeking an expression of interest in the juries.
One jury will include 50 people to identify questions to be considered during the debate and another 350 people will be asked to evaluate feedback after state-wide consultation.
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ABC News, Updated 10 May 2016, 1:19am, as posted at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-10/nuclear-dump-debate-to-go-before-sa-citizens’-jury/7400500