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From Kyshtym to Lucens, Three Mile Island, Marcoule, Fukushima, Mihama, Paks, Tokaimura, and let’s not forget Chernobyl (and the list goes on), plutonium is forever.

Nuclear energy is dangerous, and there will always be opposition to this controversial power source.

Local MP Justine Elliot has reaffirmed her longstanding opposition to nuclear power after recent comments made by Gold Coast Liberal Minister Karen Andrews.

Last week Minister Karen Andrews told Sky News she ‘doesn’t have an issue with it (nuclear energy) being considered.’ (SKY AM AGENDA – 18/06/2019)

Elliot says the community on the North Coast does have a major issue with nuclear energy. ‘I stand with them in opposing any nuclear power plants in coastal communities like ours on the NSW North Coast,’ she said.

‘Let me make this very clear to Scott Morrison and the Liberals and Nationals – if you pursue any plans for nuclear energy in our region, our community will fight this every day.’

Ms Elliot says as the local Federal MP her message to the Prime Minister is – no nuclear power. ‘Not On My Watch!’

Elliot says the Liberal National government needs to come clean on their plans for nuclear power and reassure the community that it won’t become home to a nuclear power plant.

‘We know that nuclear power plants need to be built near water so I call on the Liberals and Nationals to rule out any plans for nuclear power in our area.

‘I have a long record of opposition to nuclear power and stand with my local community who have made it clear they don’t want it in our area.’

Nuclear power plants are illegal in Australia. Section 140A of the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act explicitly rules out the development of nuclear installations.

‘The pressure is now on Scott Morrison to take real action to end the energy crisis that has emerged under the Liberal National Government.

‘So far, all the Liberals and Nationals are promising in energy is expensive new coal-fired power stations and a growing pressure from Ministers such as Karen Andrews, for Australia to pursue even more expensive nuclear power.

‘I stand committed in my opposition to nuclear power and under my watch the North Coast will never become home to a nuclear power plant.’

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  1. Dear Minister Karen Andrews – I have many issues
    with Nuclear Energy & the Power Plant. I fought it
    back in the early 1980s & will certainly do so once
    more. Uranium’s no cup-of-tea. It’s lethal. I do not
    care for its dregs of ‘yellow cake’ either. We have
    a dithering don’t-give-a-damn State & Fed. Gove.
    determined to wreck a ‘great southern land’ most
    likely for the hell of it. Familiarise yourself, get to
    understand how dangerous Nuke Energy is. It
    won’t take place on my watch either.

  2. Nuclear waste has a half-life of over 200,000 years, where it MUST be secured in containment, undisturbed by anything, including earth tremors.
    What a crazy pretense that us humans could ever pull that off.

    If this historically NON-renewables LNP govt thinks nuclear is a backstop after their hopelessly flawed energy failures, they’ve got something else coming.

    We wont stand for it.

  3. Hmmm. Nuclear Technology is evolving. Do some reading on 4th generation reactors safety (no meltdown risk) and fuel cycle which can use nuclear waste from earlier reactor reducing half life to 500years or better. Great for hydrogen production as well as electricity. Unfortunately still in development and not commercially ready 2025/2030 but one needs to start planning. Safer andmore environmentally friendly than coal


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