My area would accept nuclear: Qld Nats MP

Ken O'Dowd says his Queensland electorate would accept a nuclear plant, no problem.
Ken O'Dowd says his Queensland electorate would accept a nuclear plant, no problem.

Federal Nationals MP Ken O'Dowd says his electorate would accept a local nuclear power plant, spruiking the energy source as the "safest" for electricity.

"Study after study in scientific journals prove that nuclear power plants are by far the best and safest way to make reliable electricity," the Queenslander told the lower house on Monday.

"The technology behind nuclear power plants are much safer and continue to be improved as time goes on."

Labor MPs in the chamber heckled Mr O'Dowd during his speech, questioning where he would propose to build a nuclear power plant in Australia.

"Put it anywhere you like, my area would accept it, not a problem," he said.

Mr O'Dowd's central Queensland seat of Flynn covers Gladstone, Gayndah, reaching west to Mount Morgan, Monto, Biloela, Moura, Blackwater and Emerald.

The Nationals MP said it would take 20 years to build a power station, so the debate needed to start sooner rather than later.

"And all you deniers out there should think about where we're going," he said.

"Renewables have a place, I admit that, however, nuclear has got to be considered for future generation of cheap reliable, affordable power in Australia."

Mr O'Dowd is one of a handful Nationals MPs calling for a feasibility study into nuclear power.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor last week noted the government's moratorium on nuclear but said the government approached power generation with an open mind and a desire for lower electricity bills.

Australian Associated Press