House debates

Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Questions without Notice


3:04 pm

Photo of Chris BowenChris Bowen (McMahon, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Climate Change and Energy) Share this | Hansard source

The member for Fairfax is a particular poster child as he proselytises about how good small nuclear reactors are. There is a nuclear reactor called NuScale in Idaho. It doesn't actually exist, but the member for Fairfax has been talking about how great it is. He wrote in a newspaper:

Evidence of a burgeoning nuclear industry for next-generation technology can also be seen in SMRs developed by new players.

NuScale's integrated reactors offer exceptional flexibility …

He also had pictures of the NuScale reactor. He is its poster child. It was cancelled last week after a 53 per cent cost blowout. The member for Fairfax has outrageously criticised the CSIRO. In fact, the CSIRO was properly conservative. He said last week about nuclear:

It's sort of like Lego. You take it to site where it is assembled.

He said a nuclear reactor is like Lego. That's the degree of policy substance we have. I have to say that this is the most detailed policy we have had from the opposition in the last 18 months. The only other thing we have had is the member for New England saying, 'If you can see a nuclear reactor from your house, you are going to get your power for free.'


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