After comments in question time on Tuesday night made by Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor that the government has no plans to legalise nuclear power in Australia, but always approaches such matters with an “open mind”, the Queensland Government says it must be ruled out “once and for all”.
In a statement released today, the Queensland Government warns that the Sunshine State could be home to a nuclear power plant under a “plan” by the Morrison Government. The ‘plan’ appears to be the aforementioned comment.
Two senior figures from the LNP in Queensland have called for an inquiry into nuclear energy – Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath and Federal LNP Member for Hinkler (based in the Bundaberg region) Keith Pitt.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said, “Senator McGrath and Keith Pitt want to put a nuclear power plant in Queensland’s backyard.
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“The Palaszczuk Government will fight this every step of the way, to keep Queensland nuclear-free.
“Nuclear power plants pose a significant risk to our tourism, agriculture, and industrial development.
“Just think Fukushima and Chernobyl and that’s our future if the LNP gets its way.
“Time and again Queenslanders tell the LNP they don’t want nuclear power plants up and down the coastline.
“Now is the time for the Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington to rule this nonsense out, once and for all.”
Mr Dick said the cost running of a nuclear power plant was approximately $200 per megawatt, or five times the cost of wind and solar.
“Nuclear power will need significant Federal Government subsidies to be viable, which will distort the energy market,” he said.
Previously Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested he would be open to the idea if a nuclear industry could pay its own way.
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“Any transition to nuclear by the LNP has the potential to kill off renewables such as solar and wind and the Palaszczuk Government’s plans to develop a clean, green hydrogen export industry” Mr Dick said.
“It is clear that renewable energy is the way forward and it is Queensland at the forefront, taking action.
“We know the Campbell Newman and the LNP wanted to reopen radioactive uranium mines in Queensland.
“The Opposition Leader and the LNP owe it to Queensland to come clean on their plans for nuclear powered future.
“They have flirted with uranium before and they’ll do it again because like cuts, sacking and asset sales, nuclear is in their DNA.”
There will be a Queensland state election in 2020 held on October 31.