Coalition must clear up nuclear confusion

Recent comments made by Malcolm Turnbull appear to be muddying the waters on what has been a clear nuclear power push by the Coalition Government up to this point.

Friends of the Earth MEDIA RELEASE -- October 23, 2007

Coalition must clear up nuclear confusion

Recent comments made by Malcolm Turnbull appear to be muddying the waters on what has been a clear nuclear power push by the Coalition Government up to this point.

"Voters musn't be distracted from the fact that in April the Liberal party stated that their next step would be to repeal Commonwealth legislation prohibiting nuclear activities, including the relevant provisions of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The changes allow for the development of a nuclear power industry in Australia and have been shelved it until after the election, probably due to it's unpopularity with the public" said Michaela Stubbs, spokesperson from Friends of the Earth.

Yesterday, Mr Turnbull said there may never be a need for nuclear power plants to be built in Australia because 'clean coal' could turn out to be cheaper. "These statements made by the Environment Minister show that the Liberal Party are still not taking human induced climate change seriously despite new evidence that the effects are occurring more rapidly than previously predicted" "Nuclear and carbon capture and sequestration (so called 'clean coal') are dirty, thirsty and create dangerous pollution. They don't exist in Australia and may never. What we know for sure is that they are too far off to matter. Meanwhile we have all the required technology to take strong immediate action but this is being ignored and even worse suppressed by the Liberal governments appalling policy"

"It is alarming that the environment minister has his head in the sand on the number one environmental issue. Mr.Turnbull is ignoring that urgent action is required to drastically reduce our green house gas emission in the short term and the only way to achieve this is with energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy systems"

Friends of the Earth have created www.votenuclearfree.net in order to alert the public to the various political parties stance on nuclear issues.

Contact: Michaela Stubbs - 0429 136 935