Witnesses present at nuclear “speed dialogue”

Posted 9 October 2016

Environmental, indigenous, scientific, commercial and regional issues were the central theme of deliberations and debate on the second day of the nuclear Citizens’ Jury in Adelaide today.

The main sessions of the day focused on an interactive “Speed Dialogue” program, which featured around 40 presenters, representing 13 stakeholder groups. Each speaker spoke for 10 minutes to a small group of jurors, before moving to the next group.

By the end of the session, each cluster of jurors had heard from representatives from organisations such as: 

  • Friends of the Earth
  • Conservation Council SA
  • Business SA
  • SA Chamber of Mines and Energy
  • SA Unions
  • Mothers for a Sustainable SA
  • Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
  • Committee for Adelaide
  • Regional Development/Primary Producers SA
  • Outback Communities Authority
  • Nuclear Consultation and Response Agency
  • Local Government Association
  • DECD Youth Forum

After the speed dialogue session, the jurors worked together to discuss potential witnesses to be called during the next weekend’s program, over October 29 and 30.

The initial list of 85 witnesses from Citizens’ Jury One was reviewed and expanded, with more people added after contributions from stakeholders and jurors. A final selection of 204 was put to the jury this afternoon, and around 25 preferred expert witnesses were chosen as people who the jury believe could provide specific evidence to assist with their deliberations.

Those identified witnesses will now be contacted to determine their availability, with arrangements then confirmed for their appearance before the jury, either in person or via video link, on Saturday October 29.

Around 350 jurors, representing a broad cross section of the South Australian population, are considering all the facts and feedback from the three-month community consultation program, and deciding on their own perspectives, on the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report.

They will spend six days answering 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 sat yesterday and today, and will reconvene on October 29-30 and again on November 5-6.

Clips from today’s session are available to be viewed here.