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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Liberal Party back to the future on nuclear power

Media release
3 December 2009

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Tony Abbott and the extremists in the Liberal Party have gone back to the future on nuclear power.

Today we see 'close to 99 per cent' * of Liberal's urging Mr Abbott to dust off John Howard's plan for nuclear reactors to be built around the country.

The Liberal Party has flicked the switch back to default setting. The climate change deniers, extremists and contrarians of the Liberal Party have taken over, first junking a credible position on climate change and now running the nuclear option back up the policy flag pole.

The Australian people made their position on the Howard nuclear plan clear at the last election.

If the Liberal Party want to have this debate then they need to put some facts on the table.

Liberal members should today start telling the communities they represent whether they would support a reactor in their backyard and why this is a better option than the abundant sources of low cost and reliable energy sources Australia already has.

*Acting Opposition Whip Michael Johnson quoted in The Age today.

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