That day in December: the story of nuclear prohibition in Australia

Few people either in Australia or around the world realise that nuclear power is legally prohibited in Australia, despite us being the largest exporter of uranium in the world. This is how it happened.

The case for an SMR based energy park at Ceduna.

As Adelaide gardens (and residents…) wilt in the first full-blown heat wave of the summer, here is a timely post from John Newlands to kick of the Decarbonise SA Summer Edition. In this post, John makes the case for a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) led development of nuclear in South Australia, beginning in Ceduna. As you will read, John has an eye on the limits SA is likely to be facing in water, and also gas and coal. It’s refreshing to read from someone who realises nuclear power has the potential to improve, not diminish, our water security. 

Should I be concerned that I feel John’s post presents more convincing forward thought about the industrial and ecological future of our state and nation that I have heard from any politicians in quite some time?

The case for an SMR based energy park at Ceduna.

Some believe the world is influenced by ‘ley lines’ that bring together natural forces and indeed are used as a navigation aid by intergalactic visitors.  In a similar vein I’d argue that Ceduna on the Great Australian Bight perhaps inevitably will become a point of convergence of several key material and energy flows with their associated political undercurrents.