by SEAN BURKE – LIBERAL Leader Peter Dutton has blasted PM Anthony Albanese’s “emotional and costly” energy plan and has demanded nuclear be put into the mix.
In his Budget Reply speech this week the Opposition Leader said any sensible government “must at least consider small modular nuclear”.
“Labor is being deceptive in its energy policy,” he said. “The scientific reality is that we must firm-up our energy grid when renewable energy is unreliable.
“The latest battery technology installed in Adelaide at a cost of $180m lasts for one hour.
“So whether you have 50, 75 or 100 per cent renewable energy in the system you still have the fixed cost of firming.
“To distribute renewable energy more than $100b will need to be spent on 28,000km of transmission lines.
Mr Dutton said Labor had a dismal history of building infrastructure.
“Remember how successful the Labor Party was at pink batts, at school halls and at the other programs that they just never completed?” he said.
“Aside from the huge environmental impact of this roll out, every dollar of that $100b that is spent will be passed onto you in the form of higher electricity bills.”
He said next-generation small modular nuclear technology was “safe, reliable, cost effective, can be plugged into existing grids and emits zero emissions”.
“Thirty-two countries including China, Canada, France, the US and UK use zero-emission nuclear power today including to firm-up renewables.”
He said the government was being deceptive in its approach to energy.
“Oddly, Labor is happy for similar technologies to power our future submarines.
“Submarines that you can tie-up at docks in our capital cities, but that you can’t under Labor’s policy have any consideration of powering that city using the same technology.”
Mr Dutton said Labor Energy Minister Chris Bowen was not up to the job.
“As we know, Minister Bowen was the worst performer in multiple portfolios during the Rudd and Gillard governments,” he said.
“As Energy Minister today his policies are driving your electricity and gas prices higher and higher.
“On July 1 power prices are set to rise by up to 33 per cent for 250,000 small businesses and 1.6m households.
“If you think you are paying a lot now, you are only going to pay more under Labor – and they clearly have us on the wrong energy path.
“Australians deserve a much more honest, more sensible and, frankly, less emotional discussion on energy.
“Energy is crucial to our national success and security.”PC