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Albanese, Malinauskas split over nuclear power Phillip Coorey 5 Dec 222

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has clashed with South Australian Labor Premier Peter Malinauskas, who wants to explore nuclear power for his state amid the nation’s energy crisis.

Mr Malinauskas had argued that the possible assembly of nuclear submarines in Adelaide was an opportunity for Labor, especially those in Mr Albanese’s Left faction, to rethink its opposition to nuclear power.

But Mr Albanese, who inspected flood preparations in Renmark on Saturday with the premier, gave that short shrift.

“I have a great deal of respect for Mali, but everyone’s entitled to get one or two things wrong,” Mr Albanese told Five AA radio.

“I haven’t changed my view that it’s a huge distraction from what we need to do. It just doesn’t add up. That’s essentially the problem.

“Every five years or so we have this economic analysis of whether nuclear power stacks up and every time it’s rejected.

“I think you’ve got the issue of waste and you’ve got where it goes. So I think it’s a distraction from what we need to do. That’s my position, and it hasn’t changed.”

The popular Mr Malinauskas argued the planned construction of nuclear-powered submarines in Adelaide should ease public concern over nuclear energy. Under that proposal the reactors will be built overseas and delivered to Adelaide fully sealed for incorporation into the front part of the submarine hull.

“In respect of my position on nuclear power for civil consumption, or use, I’ve always thought the ideological opposition that exists in some quarters to nuclear power is ill-founded,” Mr Malinauskas told News Corp.

“Nuclear power is a source of baseload energy with zero carbon emissions. For someone like myself, who is dedicated to a decarbonisation effort, we should be open-minded to those technologies and it would be foolhardy to have a different approach.”

Federal shadow energy minister Ted O’Brien, who is exploring a nuclear power policy option for the Coalition, applauded the premier.

“The premier’s commonsense approach is in stark contrast to Prime Minister Albanese’s irrational refusal to engage in a mature conversation about the possible role of advanced nuclear technology in Australia.”


December 9, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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