Australia left out in the cold in nuclear renaissance - The Australian

Many would not know there is a nuclear reactor just 30km from Sydney’s CBD. The Lucas Heights nuclear reactor does not produce electricity but medicines, which one in every two Australians will need during their lifetime.

Ironically, it is also the reason Australia maintains a unique ban on nuclear energy. In 1998, the Howard government needed to pass legislation to rebuild the Lucas Heights reactor. To get the bill through the Senate, the government agreed to a Labor and Greens amendment to ban nuclear energy. The debate in the Senate on the nuclear ban idea took fewer than 30 minutes.

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