Lest any of you still be labouring under misunderstanding of the depth of the challenge to see nuclear power developed in Australia, I quote the Australia’s Environment and Biodiveristy Conservation Act (1999) Section 140:
140A No approval for certain nuclear installationsThe Minister must not approve an action consisting of or involving the construction or operation of any of the following nuclear installations:(a) a nuclear fuel fabrication plant;(b) a nuclear power plant;(c) an enrichment plant;(d) a reprocessing facility.
This section in entirely exceptional and unique to nuclear power. There is NO OTHER form of industrial activity that is subject to such conditions; that provides no room for consideration whatsoever, that expressly excludes the approval by the Minister, irrespective of the case for or against it. Refinery, fossil fuel power plant, chemical manufacturing facility, factory farming facility, world’s largest mine… nothing. Such sites may well be deemed a controlled action and subject to the Act, but all have the potential for approval.
We have a lot of work to do.