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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6460

Mr ROBERT (5:44 PM) —Minister, the 2007 Powering Australia publication quotes ABARE as predicting that energy consumption will increase by 2.3 per cent per annum until 2020. The same publication also states that about 1,000 megawatts of generation capacity will be added to the national electricity market annually over the next 10 years to meet demand. The first question is: do you agree with these projections? Secondly, apart from an ill-fated ETS, what are you going to do about these projections? Thirdly, Minister, considering that I am reliably informed that you are on the parliamentary record as supporting nuclear energy—

Honourable members interjecting—

Mr ROBERT —I will correct that. Considering I am reliably informed that you are on the record in general as supporting nuclear energy, when will we have a parliamentary debate about the only low-emission energy with baseload generation capability—that is, nuclear power?