Morrison government must ‘explain virtues of nuclear power’

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Sky News host Alan Jones says the Morrison government needs to “explain the virtues of nuclear energy” to the public and in doing so make it an election issue.

Nuclear energy has been prohibited in Australia since 1998, but five Nationals Senators last week pushed to add an amendment to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation legislation to set aside funds for nuclear projects.

It comes as a poll of 71 Coalition backbenchers conducted by The Australian found 48 members believed the prohibition on nuclear power should be lifted.

Mr Jones said the government needs to explain how Australia is the third largest uranium producer in the world and exports it to countries which then can have “cheap, clean energy”.

“Explain the virtues of nuclear energy, explain the fact that the alarmism doesn’t have any validity,” he said.

“We’re denying this to our own people.”

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