Four in 10 Australians want the ban on nuclear power lifted, according to polling by JWS Research.
The polling shows that 39 per cent of people support the use of nuclear power in Australia, in contrast to 33 per cent of people in opposition.
This polling was part of a Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) research, which involved 1500 Australians and focus groups in Sydney and Melbourne. More than half of those surveyed were unaware nuclear power was banned in Australia.
The MCA has been advocating the use of safe, zero-emissions nuclear power in recent years.
“Climate change is real and as global energy demand increases, so does the need to diversify our power supplies and reduce emissions through technology,” MCA chief executive Tania Constable said.
“Nuclear energy is safe, reliable and affordable. It provides around 10 per cent of the world’s electricity with zero emissions.”
Australia has the world’s largest uranium deposits, but the use of nuclear power is prohibited in two acts of parliament, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998.
“Any government serious about addressing climate change must consider nuclear in its energy mix,” Constable said.
Boss Resources is one Australia company that is working to revive its uranium project.
Its South Australian based-Honeymoon project has entered the definitive feasibility study stage of a restart program as the uranium market was heading towards recovery.
Uranium produced from Honeymoon will be exported to countries meeting Australia’s uranium policy, namely those observing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and other safeguards requirements.