Political parties urged to face up to nuclear power issue
BUSINESS leaders are demanding that Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott tackle nuclear power as part of the policy debate.
This comes amid fears industry faces blackouts and further hikes in power prices.
As the business community is increasingly worried that both Labor and the Coalition are baulking at politically difficult reforms, it is urging the major parties to stop playing “Pontius Pilate” on the issue of nuclear power.
Groups such as the Business Council of Australia want it included as a long-term option in the energy white paper promised by Energy Minister Martin Ferguson in 2008.
Uncertainty about greenhouse policy has caused carbon-intensive electricity generators to slash their capital spending on new capacity — despite the growth in demand from the mining boom and population growth — raising fears about the future reliability of the electricity supply system.