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Nuclear fallout

29 June 2024

9:00 AM

29 June 2024

9:00 AM

The decision by the Albanese government to employ former Liberal New South Wales treasurer Matt Kean to sell its renewables boondoggle sits alongside various three-eyed memes and silly The Simpsons cartoons as an example of Labor’s lack of fresh ideas to bring to the energy debate. It is now clear that ALP strategists were content to rely on the power of a massive Nimby scare campaign (‘Where will the nuclear power plants be located?’) to be of sufficient concern to enough voters to torpedo Peter Dutton’s nuclear energy policy, and thus his potential prime ministership.

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