On 12 October 2017, the NSW Upper House engaged in a debate concerning the concept of building a nuclear power station in Jervis Bay. The Rev Fred Nile MLC put on record that the latest report by the scientific organisation Global Energy Observatory shows that as at October 2017 there are 30 nations in the world with active nuclear power plants. Rev Nile makes the following additional comments:

·        “Some of the concerns raised by my colleagues involved the allegedly prohibitive cost of extracting the fuel and processing it after it is used.”

·        “The public debate also touches on important issues such as public safety and impact on the environment.”

·        “These are, naturally, relevant and important issues to keep in mind before entering into a significant infrastructure project such as this.”

·        “There is nothing fundamentally wrong with inquiring about possible sources of renewable energy, but excluding a possible source based on purely ideological concerns is not constructive to the debate.”

·        “There is a view among some of my colleagues that there is a global trend of closing down nuclear power plants. This is not strictly true.”

·        “Obviously, this is a complex matter and no informed decision can be properly made without all the facts available to the decision makers.”

·        “I look forward to the continuing discussion, and I renew my commitment to a moral and evidence based policy direction for NSW.”

Current List of Nuclear Power Plants, courtesy of Global Energy Observatory, accessed 13 October 2017.

Media inquiries:  Rev. Fred Nile MLC:               (02) 9230 2478

The Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MLC

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