Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has used a speech in the Parliament to slam Upper Hunter MP, Michael Johnsen, for advocating for a nuclear power generator in the Upper Hunter.
“The front page of the Newcastle Herald this morning screamed bombshell,” Mr Fitzgibbon told Parliament this morning.
“The headline was a reference to the plan by the Deputy Premier of New South Wales and the local state MP, Michael Johnsen, to establish a nuclear power generator in the Upper Hunter – right there smack in the buffer zone of the Bayswater and Liddell power stations.”
“Have they asked questions about the implications and consequences for our water supplies, for public safety, or the consequences for our existing coal-fired generators? Because I can tell you now, Deputy Speaker, a nuclear reactor in the Upper Hunter would mean the earlier closure of our coal-fired generators.”
Mr Fitzgibbon quoted Michael Johnsen who said in the Newcastle Herald: “the Upper Hunter is a good fit because of its extensive energy infrastructure.”
Mr Fitzgibbon says Michael Johnsen’s plan could also cause AGL to re-think its investment plans for the region: the Bayswater up-grade, pumped hydro, gas, and battery storage projects.