Author: Robert Pritchard, Energy Policy Institute of Australia

Key Points

  • By its 20-year ban on nuclear power generation, Australia has lost considerable ground. The ban has:
    1. contributed to the destabilisation of Australia’s power supply system

    2. disregarded a means of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions

    3. failed to enhance Australia’s scientific and engineering skills

    4. failed to optimise the development of the Australian economy and

    5. turned a blind eye to Australia’s national security.

  • Over the next decade, Australia could regain some of its lost ground by lifting its nuclear ban and allowing energy innovation to flourish under appropriate regulation.
  • Australia should capitalise on its small but world-class base that has been built up from 60 years’ successful and incident-free experience in operating nuclear research reactors and producing nuclear medicine.
  • A strategic initiative for any Australian state or territory would be to sponsor the development of a model town, or hub, for energy innovation and economic development, which could be in an inland location. Any such hub should be anchored to safe, complementary, zero-emissions technologies, including modern nuclear technology, and be connected to the transmission grid to enhance system optimisation at least cost. Potential sites should be identified through community engagement and developed with community support.

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What's New

Senior EPIA Director, Trevor St Baker AO, awarded degree of Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) by the University of Queensland (Feb 2021)

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"Policy Overview: After 20 Years, We Have Barely Started" (Nov 2020)

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EPIA Priority Technologies Forum (Nov 2020)

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EPIA Webinar transcript: A Low-Emissions Technology Roadmap for Australia (June 2020)

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Key Goals and Principles of a Post-COVID-19 National Energy Plan (May 2020)

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Policy Papers

Policy Paper 1/21 "Diversity Indispensable for Net Zero"

Author: Robert Pritchard, Energy Policy Institute of Australia

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Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to March 2021) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 27 Public Policy Papers.

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