Our geography, our size, and our location dictate that we should long ago have stopped being precious about this and set ourselves up as the preeminent provider of world class nuclear waste storage faculties.
Nuclear physicist Geoff Hudson has now, bravely, come out in public support of my opinion. Today he was quoted in The Age as saying:
"From our own self interest first, it is safer for Australia if we store world nuclear waste here than have it sitting somewhere else over a fault line where the risk of accident and biosphere release is high," he said.
"Worldwide nuclear waste to date is 200,000 tonnes in total but it is dense and could all be stored on just a few hectares of land of around 20 metres high.
"This is minuscule."
We should store world’s nuclear waste: expert.
Yes, we should dig it up; yes we should sell it; and yes, we should complete that magical circle of capitalism and charge a premium for bringing the waste back home to a safe final resting place.
This is the only responsible course of action. Anything less is a disservice to the world and to future generations.