University supports nuclear debate

The University of South Australia will sponsor a national conference to explore investment and market opportunities that could be generated by a nuclear power industry, reported The Advertiser (4/7/2006, p.23).

Report due in Dec: The September conference would deliver a final report in December from a high-level taskforce established by the Federal Government to advise on the merits of a national nuclear power industry.

Universities’ non-partisan participation: Professor Denise Bradley, who chairs the Australian Technology Network on behalf of five universities, said she believed the higher education sector had a "responsibility to engage in public policy debate in a non-partisan manner".

"Fearless" debate: Professor Bradley said community debate on nuclear energy was critical, but it needed to be "full, fearless and constructive".

Depoliticised debate: "We are enthused about moving this debate on from polarising politics to free dialogue and learning," she said.

Not a selective inquiry: "And it must consider the range of alternative energy sources." The conference will be conducted over two days on September 4 and 5 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

The Advertiser, 4/7/2006, p. 23

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