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Question Without Notice No. 586 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 June 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

586. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

(1) Can the Premier confirm that The Guardian reported on 4 June 2019 that the Minerals Council of Australia has flagged it will use the review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999—the EPBC act—to push for a removal of the country's nuclear ban, saying Australia is the only high electricity-consuming country without nuclear power in its energy mix?

(2) Will Western Australia cooperate in an evaluation of nuclear energy as a potential contributor to energy security for Western Australia?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) Yes, the article did state that the Minerals Council of Australia would advocate for the lifting of the ban, but I note this is commonwealth environmental legislation. Western Australia will not allow nuclear power.