Australia currently does not have an active nuclear programme but operates several research reactors. The country has almost one-third of the world’s proven uranium reserves, and actively mine and export uranium for nuclear fuel. This represents about 10% of global supply and makes Australia the 3rd largest uranium producer.
In recent years, a number of inquiries have been undertaken into nuclear issues in Australia. The Australian Parliament House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Energy held an inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia and reported its findings last December. The New South Wales (NSW) Parliament conducted an inquiry into uranium mining and the potential of nuclear power in NSW, with the report tabled in March this year. The Victorian Parliament also has an inquiry into nuclear prohibition earlier this year. South Australia held a Royal Commission in 2015 and 2016 into expanding its nuclear industry.
Speakers during this online meeting on the Australian nuclear market include:
- Dr. David Gillespie, Federal Member for Lyne, Parliament of Australia
- Taylor Martin, Member of the Legislative Council, NSW Parliament
- David Limbrick, Member of the Legislative Council, Parliament of Victoria
- Dr. Joanne Lackenby, President, Australian Nuclear Association
- Dr. Mark Ho, Nuclear Analysis Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization
- James Fleay, CEO, Down Under Nuclear Energy
- Dr. Ben Heard, Consultant, Frazer-Nash
- Tony Irwin, Technical Director, SMR Nuclear Technology
- Helen Cook, Principal, GNE Advisory