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PM to push forward with nuclear power
Prime Minister John Howard has decided to take immediate steps to make
possible an expanded nuclear industry in Australia, which could ultimately
include nuclear power stations, uranium enrichment and nuclear waste treatment.
The move is being seen by some as an attempt to take the political initiative on
climate change away from Labor as it prepares to debate its new uranium mining
and nuclear policy.
According to The Weekend Australian, Mr Howard will promote uranium exports and
"climate-friendly" nuclear power as part of a political campaign to cast himself
as forward-looking and Labor as being against progress and jobs.
Ministers and departments will be instructed to take immediate action on a
four-stage plan to prepare Australia for a nuclear future and report back to the
Prime Minister by the end of this year, the newspaper reports.
At the Victorian state Liberal conference in Melbourne on ...
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