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Liberal MP Katie Allen touts nuclear energy for Australia

Support for nuclear energy growing in Australian government

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-08 Editor: Yurou  CANBERRA, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) –– Members of Australia’s governing coalition has called for a re-think of the nation’s ban on nuclear energy.

Katie Allen, a government member of parliament (MP) representing inner-city Melbourne, wrote in a column for Nine Entertainment newspapers that Australia has an opportunity to lead the way on developing “safer and more effective” nuclear energy.

Australia has had a blanket moratorium on nuclear energy for 20 years, but a parliamentary committee chaired by coalition MP Ted O’Brien in December tabled a report calling for it to be partially lifted…….

In December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Angus Taylor, the minister for energy and emissions reduction, declared that they were not considering exploring nuclear options.

Any move to lift the moratorium would require the support of the opposition Labor Party, which has previously declared an anti-nuclear stance.

The report from December said that a partial lift would allow the government to conduct recommended “economic, technological and readiness assessments” for nuclear energy.

“Rather than a total and immediate lift of the moratorium, only a partial lift for new and emerging technologies is proposed, subject to the results of a technology assessment and a commitment to community consent as a condition of approval for nuclear facilities,” it said.

February 9, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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