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19 August 2008
Shadow Trade Minister Ian MacFarlane is the latest Liberal frontbencher to defy his leader and call for the reincarnation of the Liberal Party’s plan to build nuclear power plants across Australia.
Mr MacFarlane is reported today saying Australia “must get real” on nuclear:
“it’s a black and white answer. Or Should I say black and yellow answer. Clean coal and yellowcake – we must include nuclear in our future base-load clean-energy mix.”
It’s time the Liberal Party “got real” and answers the same three questions we put last month:
In February Brendan Nelson told the Australian people that Liberal Party policy to build 25 nuclear power plants was dead by assuring Australians that:
“we certainly have no plans for, nor do we envisage, Australia having a nuclear power industry at any time in the future."
Deputy Leader Julie Bishop broke ranks late last month when she said:
“The issue of nuclear power has to be debated rationally if Australia is serious about making deep cuts to its greenhouse gas emissions."
And of course Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Robb said:
"We've always thought it should at least be on the table for discussion.“
There is now no doubt that the Howard Plan for 25 nuclear reactors around the country is back and Liberal Party members must now explain to their individual communities and the Australian community as a whole if they will accept a nuclear power plant in their electorate.