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Premier Berejiklian ‘openminded’ to nuclear energy, deputy premier says

Premier Gladys Berejiklian is “openminded” to nuclear power in Australia according to Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

Mr Barilaro has touched back down in Australia this week after visiting the US to push new nuclear technology in our state.

After meeting with American companies who are building the world’s first small modular reactors, he says this is the way of the future.

“Whenever I talk about nuclear power, of course I’ll hear about Chernobyl and Fukushima.

“That’s old technology, that’s our grandparent’s technology. This is nothing like it.”

Mr Barilario says the Premier may also be getting on board.

‘The Premier last year… says she’s opened minded to it and she wants to see the science and the evidence.”

There is more movement and momentum now probably because electricity prices are so high.

“If we’re going to ever have this conversation it’s now.”

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