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Labor Party highlights Liberal Coalition’s recommended spots for nuclear reactors

Labor demands nuclear be wiped off options, Australian Associated Press 10 Sept 19, Ever enjoyed a holiday to Noosa, Sussex Inlet or French Island? How would you feel if there was a nuclear power station in your idyllic vacation spot?

The vast majority are around the country’s beloved coastlines, and almost all are near residential communities. Some sites, like Townsville, Toowoomba and Wagga Wagga have been proposed multiple times, a map collated by the Parliamentary Library shows.

“Instead of indulging the policy fantasies of his restive backbench, (Prime Minister Scott) Morrison should reject the nuclear option or be upfront with Australians about exactly where he wants to build nuclear reactors,” Labor energy spokesman Mark Butler said on Thursday.

A parliamentary committee is looking at whether nuclear is a feasible, suitable and palatable solution for Australia’s future energy needs.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor asked for the inquiry amid growing calls from coalition backbenchers for the option to be seriously examined

Last Thursday, the committee was warned by Ziggy Switkowski – who led a Howard government review into the power source – that there was a real risk of “catastrophic failure” if Australia adopted nuclear energy.


September 10, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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