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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 "The Australian Technology investment roadmap - where will it lead?"

EPIA brings together a focussed panel discussion with prominent industry leaders chaired and led by Grant King, a member of the Government's Technology Investment Advisory Council.

What: "The Australian Technology investment roadmap - where will it lead?"
When: Wednesday 4 November 2020, 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Where: Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $300 (includes refreshments)
Register: register by clicking here.  

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What's New

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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EPIA's Executive Briefing on "Innovation in Nuclear" - March 2020

pdf graphicClick here to view the video presentation from Suzanne Jaworowski of the US DOE

Policy Papers

Policy Paper 2/20 "Nuclear power through the lens of an Australian Trade Union"

Author: Geoff Dyke, Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union

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Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to July 2020) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 26 Public Policy Papers.

pdfClick here to view the compendium of key points.