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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1227 asked in the Legislative Council on 23 October 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


1227. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:

It has been reported that outback towns are being targeted by a Canadian energy company that is proposing to develop a small modular nuclear reactor to provide electricity, community heating and purified water.

(1) Is the minister aware of this proposal; and, if so, will the minister commit to a review of the moratorium on nuclear power in light of this proposal?

(2) When the company has offered to pay for the installation, management, decommissioning and nuclear waste disposal, does the minister concede this will effectively be a source of free power?

(3) Does the minister acknowledge that the heat energy available from the reactor could be used to purify water in outback Australia, where such purification processes are desperately needed?

(4) Why is the minister denying this chamber a genuine discussion on nuclear power as a suitable resource for our state to use?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Energy.

(1)–(3) The minister is not aware of any proposal.

(4) The minister is not and has no capacity to deny this chamber a discussion on any matter.