The nuclear power debate is poised for a revival

Nuclear power could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve power system resilience and enhance our supply security -- and it has a new champion in Julie Bishop.

Only two months ago, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane had Australian nuclear power proponents gritting their teeth when he declared the Abbott government had no intention of leading a debate on local use of reactors to produce no-emissions electricity. Now Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has them all smiles by re-opening the issue on the eve of going to Lima, Peru, to lead our participation in a new UN climate change talkfest.

If Bishop wants some interesting reading on the plane, she should pluck a paper from the welter of responses to the government’s energy green paper, the one submitted by SMR Nuclear Technology, a small Australian company with big ideas.

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