Palmer the plagiarist

April 01, 2019

Clive Palmer's United Australia Party has a penchant for poaching policy positions from the Australian Conservatives and advertising them as his own, in a $50 million election campaign publicity splurge.

First it was the Conservative Party's criticism of worrying increases in Chinese ownership of Australian land, resources and key strategic infrastructure which last year led Conservatives' leader Cory Bernardi to call for a royal commission into Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia.

And the latest policy pinch is a suggestion that Australia should consider nuclear power to fix the current energy crisis.

Adelaide's Sunday Mail reports, building a nuclear reactor in South Australia will be Clive Palmer’s final pitch to voters on the eve of the Federal Election.

The Conservatives have been advocating consideration of nuclear power in Australia for more than a year and last October published a White Paper on the subject prepared in conjunction with nuclear scientists, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.

The White Paper backs the construction of nuclear reactors, which would be cooled with sea water and add up to 1500 megawatts of electricity to SA’s power grid.

“A significant fraction of the electricity generation from a nuclear power plant in SA could be devoted to the production of desalinated water (via reverse osmosis), which in turn could be used to develop farming of high-value crops on semi-arid, currently under-utilised land in the Eyre Peninsula,’’ the research said.

The water would be piped to farms in a 5,800 square kilometre region where high-value crops, such as potatoes, could be grown.

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