Sup­port for nu­clear ban to be lifted

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - MICHAEL WRAY

MORE Aus­tralians sup­port over­turn­ing a ban on nu­clear en­ergy than keep­ing it in place, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

The sur­vey for the Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia also re­vealed sup­port to lift the ban was just as strong in Greenslean­ing in­ner-city seats as other parts of the coun­try.

The polling by JWS Re­search in Oc­to­ber found 40 per cent of the 1500 re­spon­dents sup­ported lift­ing the ban and 39 per cent were in favour of us­ing nu­clear power in Aus­tralia. About a third of re­spon­dents backed the ban re­main­ing while 26 per cent were “neu­tral” or un­sure about the need to al­low nu­clear en­ergy.

Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Ta­nia Con­sta­ble said sup­port for nu­clear en­ergy grew stronger as people be­came more in­formed.

“This sends a clear mes­sage to our politi­cians that many Aus­tralians aren’t fooled by anti-sci­en­tific scare cam­paigns and want nu­clear en­ergy to be con­sid­ered as part of our na­tion’s fu­ture en­ergy mix,” Ms Con­sta­ble said.

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