The Hunter Region Faces Grim Prospect of Becoming a Nuclear Power Plant Wasteland

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Communities in Electorate of Cessnock face the grim prospect of becoming nuclear power plant wastelands, after the Liberal-National Government signalled a shift to nuclear power.

In a show of a growing divide within the Government, Nationals Deputy Premier John Barilaro embarrassed the Premier Gladys Berejiklian by announcing on Sky News his party will support One Nation Leader Mark Latham’s bill to allow nuclear power in NSW.

Mr Barilaro threw the Premier under a bus when he committed the National Party to vote for the One Nation bill while the Premier was unable to say what the position of her Government is.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Adam Searle MP, confirmed a McKay Labor Government will maintain a ban on uranium exploration, extraction and export.

“A Labor Government will not introduce nuclear power in NSW,” Mr Searle said.

“Nuclear is the most expensive form of power and its waste is a disaster for the environment. 

State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock Clayton Barr, MP, said NSW Labor holds grave concerns that the Hunter Region could end up with a nuclear power reactor if the Nationals go ahead with their plans for nuclear energy in NSW. 

“Our community now faces the grim prospect of becoming a nuclear power plant wasteland, thanks to Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro.

“Several Ministers in the Government have already gone on the record saying they wouldn’t want a nuclear power plant in their own electorates – so they should rule them out across the state altogether.”