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Mineral Resources Minister Tom Koutsantonis and Olympic Dam Minister Kevin Foley rocked the boat last week when they made public comments calling on the State to consider enriching uranium and expanding the industry.
As the official ALP policy opposes the expansion of the nuclear industry, the comments of the two high profile SA politicians sparked quite a bit of discussion in parliament and through the media. Speaking on the issue in State Parliament, Premier Mike Rann said that no companies had expressed an interest in building a nuclear power plant in SA and made clear again his support for ALP policy on nuclear issues.
"I don't believe we'll see a nuclear power station here on my watch. I don't believe we'll see a uranium enrichment plant here on my watch", he said.
Liberal politicians entered the debate, with the Leader of the Opposition Ms Isobel Redmond saying she was keen for discussion on the issues of nuclear industry expansion.
The Greek Tribune believes that any discussion on the future of nuclear energy in Australia, must take into consideration the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, which will have a deadly effect on many generations to come, not only in that region but perhaps across the globe.
An argument used by some is that, due to the climate change, in the not too distant future Australia will need nuclear power to supply most of its electricity. But if this means future generations of Australians will have to live with the nightmare of a deadly event of such catastrophic proportions, it's time we start looking more seriously into alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind.
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