Hello. Russell Broadbent here, Member for Monash.
My office has been receiving many calls from constituents across the electorate about their surging power prices.
Some are turning off their heaters in the middle of winter just to get by. In a nation as lucky as ours, this is alarming to hear.
And with the Victorian Government’s recent announcement to ban gas in new homes from 2024, things are starting to look dire. The Government can’t keep their head in the sand about our energy crisis.
We need to be having open discussions about where we are heading in terms of power production. And looking into the prospect of nuclear energy is a discussion well worth having.
It is illogical for the government to set impossible net zero targets with no reasonable game plan. It is illogical to cut coal and gas without a viable replacement.
Sure, there’s wind farms and solar panels, but as Judith Sloan puts it, ‘destroying the environment to save the environment doesn’t really make any sense.’ Seems a logical statement to me.
At the end of the day, everyone deserves to be warm in winter. And nuclear power might just be our ticket to hitting net zero and combatting the surging power prices that are crippling our nation.
That’s justice as I see it.