• Hannah Phillips

Why Aren’t We Talking About Nuclear Power?

On a day when Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg gave a keynote address on energy to the National Press Club in which he neglected to mention nuclear power, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall indicated that he was open to a consideration of whether South Australia should have a nuclear generator.

He was visiting Troy Bell, a government backbencher from Mount Gambier, who is an advocate for power generation using small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).

Interestingly on Tuesday a small crack appeared in the government’s locked door on nuclear power.

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matt Canavan, announced the release of a framework for a nuclear waste authority which establishes the principles, policies and institutional arrangements that would govern nuclear waste disposal in Australia.

The final objective is to establish a single nuclear waste dump to hold all the low level and medium level waste in the country.

This indicates that the government is prepared to challenge the anti-nuclear lobby on what is a threshold issue.

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