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Opposition leader Peter Dutton hints at controversial shift towards nuclear power

New Daily, James Robertson. 6 June22, New Opposition Leader Peter Dutton appears set to bring a debate about nuclear power back to the centre of Australian politics.

Mr Dutton’s shadow front bench, unveiled on Sunday, included two proponents of nuclear energy in key roles:

Ted O’Brien, the spokesman on climate and energy, and Hollie Hughes, the junior spokeswoman on climate.

The appointments signal an intent to take an aggressive tack on emissions as well as Mr Dutton’s seemingly new willingness to flirt with nuclear power as a means of bridging Liberal climate divisions (and perhaps stoking others).

Mr Dutton said on Monday he was “not afraid to have a discussion on nuclear”; it was only a week prior that he declared nuclear energy was “not on the table”.

Mr O’Brien chaired a parliamentary inquiry that recommended  provisionally lifting a ban on generating power from nuclear material and considering its future use.

Meanwhile, Senator Hughes also backs dropping the ban.

The regular Sky News panellist told The New Daily on Monday that “we absolutely should be having the discussion”.

The new leader of the Nationals, David Littleproud, is also on board with calls to kickstart a nuclear debate.

Advocacy of nuclear power has advanced much further in that party room; several MPs backed a nuclear push last Parliament.

The balance of opinion among Liberal MPs has been tilted in favour of nuclear power for some time, a party source said, but had been deemed a nonstarter because of deep fears of an electoral backlash.

Former prime minister Scott Morrison noted that a change of direction on an issue needing such long-term investment could only come with bipartisan support…………………………………..

June 7, 2022 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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