The majority voted in favour of agreeing with the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time.
What is the bill's main idea?
According to the bill homepage, the bill:
Establishes a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to permanently dispose of low level radioactive waste and temporarily store intermediate level radioactive waste by amending the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012 to:
- specify the site selected and enable the acquisition of additional land for the facility;
- abolish the National Repository Capital Contribution Fund and establish a Community Fund to provide economic and social sustainability for the community in which the facility will be located; and
- provide clear and objective links between the operation of the Act and the relevant Constitutional heads of power.