Nuclear jury pens draft report

Posted 5 November 2016

Jurors at the nuclear Citizens’ Jury have penned their initial thoughts on whether they believe South Australia should consider storing and disposing of used nuclear fuel.

The jury has produced a working draft outlining its initial thoughts and observations in response to the question: ‘Under what circumstances, if any, could South Australia pursue the opportunity to store and dispose of nuclear waste from other countries?’

The jury of almost 350 people spent the day refining their draft report, which is expected to reflect the breadth of views and perspectives of their fellow South Australians.

Jury facilitator Emily Jenke addressed the group today, asking them to “put aside vested interests and develop sustainable long lasting decisions”.

“Juries are all about trust; that’s the reason they exist,” she said.

“Our job is to get what you want to say to the Premier on paper to him. Our job is to be here for you, to get your voices heard. What we will help you do is write a report that will reflect the voices in the room. There are a number of checks and balances in place to make sure that you can.

Ms Jenke acknowledged the jury had faced a “difficult and complex” process as they tackled an issue which attracts a broad range of opinions.

“We are breaking new ground. This is the world’s largest Citizens’ Jury deliberating on one of the most complex and emotionally charged issues. It was never going to be simple,” she said.

“As individuals you may not have all the answers but as a collective we think you have a really strong grasp of the issues.”

The jury will reconvene tomorrow morning to continue their deliberations, before finalising the document to present to the Premier Jay Weatherill in the afternoon.

Clips from today’s session are available to be viewed here. The raw report will be available on line tomorrow from around 6pm.