Following the release of the Royal Commission Report, Premier Jay Weatherill announced the establishment of two key bodies; the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency and the appointments to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Advisory Board. The purpose of the new agency, which will draw upon existing government expertise and expertise from the Royal Commission itself, is to increase awareness of the Royal Commission’s report and facilitate the community consultation process.
The CARA Advisory Board
An independent Advisory Board is overseeing all state-wide consultation activities, a key input to Government’s response to the Royal Commission’s Report.
The board is chaired by John Mansfield, Member of the Order of Australia, who this month retires from his position as a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. It includes prominent Australians with high levels of integrity and awareness of the importance of working with the South Australian community.
In addition to the Chair, the Board is comprised of:
Parry Agius, former Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Native Title Service;
- Professor Daniela Stehlik, Griffith University, one of Australia’s leading social scientists in the fields of sustainability, human services and social cohesion with a particular focus on families and communities.
- Dr Rebecca Huntley, social researcher and former Director of The Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest running social trends report;
- Professor Deb White, Deputy Cancer Theme Leader and Director of Cancer Research at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide.
The Board is continually evaluating the consultation process to ensure the South Australian community is given extensive opportunities to get involved in this important topic.
In delivering the state-wide consultation process, CARA's activities are guided by the following principles:
This is about the future of South Australia: We are seeking to understand the South Australian community’s perspectives on further involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle.
Community led: The community, not the government, will identify the issues they want to discuss.
Importance of evidence-based debate: Everyone has a right to have their views heard but everyone also has a responsibility to make sure that those views are well informed by the evidence.
Better Together: Underpinning the consultation process are the State Government’s Better Together principles.
Rigorous process: An independent panel of engagement experts facilitated by the non-partisan newDemocracy Foundation (nDF) has assisted with the design and development of the consultation program.
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet will support the delivery of the consultation program from May to November 2016 using a combination of in-house skills and industry capabilities. View the Premier's press release here.